This top business book shows high achievers become billionaires because they are entrepreneurs who trade with creativity using their Outsiders Edge.

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The Making of Self-Made Billionaires

About the book

What do Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson have in common that has led them to become extremely wealthy? Professional researcher Brent D Taylor puts the lives of seventeen of the world’s richest people under the microscope to discover the secrets to their incredible success.

This book is more than a blow by blow biography of the rich and famous. This management biography book shows how the billionaires did it. More importantly why they did it.

The secret of extreme wealth creation has been found at last by author and professional researcher Brent D Taylor after four years of intensive searching resulting in this business book. Full of famous entrepreneurs, high achievers and moneymakers, this top business book shows how to become successful and how to to become a billionaire. Trading and deal making for a living plays a large part.

Some extraordinary and unexpected factors have been revealed explaining why some people become billionaires. Despite the fact that the sample of 17 self-made billionaires come from disparate backgrounds, work in different industries, have very different personalities, and superficially appear to have different upbringings, they have one important thing in common. They are outsiders and that gives them their edge.

Famous dyslexics make up more than half. So there are benefits of dyslexia. All were problematic so there is hope for difficult children.

Did they think they would become a billionaire? See that in the book.

The Outsider’s Edge by Brent D Taylor has been published by John Wiley & Sons, Australia Ltd.

It is available as an eBook on Amazon, Apple and other eBook retailers.


Billionaire stories

The 17 billionaires in the book are:

  • Steve Jobs – Apple Computers and iPod.
  • Bill Gates – Microsoft.
  • Richard Branson – Virgin Atlantic and the Virgin brand.
  • Warren Buffett – Investment – Berkshire Hathaway.
  • Steven Spielberg – film producer and director.
  • Larry Ellison – Oracle Software.
  • Carl Icahn – corporate raider.
  • Oprah Winfrey – Oprah.
  • Ingvar Kamprad – IKEA.
  • George Soros – hedge funds
  • Frank Lowy – Westfield Shopping Centres.
  • Bernie Ecclestone – Formula 1 motor racing.
  • Charles Schwab – discount share trading company called Charles Schwab.
  • Ralph Lauren – Ralph Lauren fashion chain and Polo brand
  • David Geffen – DreamWorks SKG and partner of Spielberg.
  • George Lucas – film producer and director – Star Wars.
  • John Sperling – University of Phoenix.


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Levitt, SD & Dubner SJ 2009 Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Harper Perennial

Gladwell, M 2008 Outliers: The Story of Success Little, Brown and Company New York

Lewis, M 2005 Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game W. W. Norton & Company

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