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  • Richer, Wiser, Happier

  • How the World's Greatest Investors Win in Markets and Life
  • Written by: William Green
  • Narrated by: Raphael Corkhill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (178 ratings)

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Written by: William Green
Narrated by: Raphael Corkhill
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Publisher's Summary

From a renowned financial journalist who has written for Time, Fortune, Forbes, and The New Yorker, a fresh and unexpectedly profound book that draws on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with many of the world’s super-investors to demonstrate that the keys for building wealth hold other life lessons as well.

Billionaire investors. If we think of them, it’s with a mixture of awe and suspicion. Clearly, they possess a kind of genius - the proverbial Midas Touch. But are the skills they possess transferable? And do they have anything to teach us besides making money?

In Richer, Wiser, Happier, William Green draws on interviews that he’s conducted over 25 years with many of the world’s greatest investors. As he discovered, their talents extend well beyond the financial realm. The most successful investors are mavericks and iconoclasts who question conventional wisdom and profit vastly from their ability to think more rationally, rigorously, and objectively. They are master game players who consciously maximize their odds of long-term success in markets and life, while also minimizing any risk of catastrophe. They draw powerful insights from many different fields, are remarkably intuitive about trends, practice fanatical discipline, and have developed a high tolerance for pain. As Green explains, the best investors can teach us not only how to become rich, but how to improve the way we think, reach decisions, assess risk, avoid costly errors, build resilience, and turn uncertainty to our advantage.

Green ushers us into the lives of more than 40 super-investors, visiting them in their offices, homes, and even their places of worship - all to share what they have to teach. From Sir John Templeton to Charlie Munger, Jack Bogle to Ed Thorp, Will Danoff to Mohnish Pabrai, Bill Miller to Laura Geritz, Joel Greenblatt to Howard Marks. In explaining how they think and why they win, this “unexpectedly illuminating” (Peter Diamandis) book provides “many nuggets of wisdom” (The Washington Post) that will enrich you both financially and personally. 

©2021 William Green (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Great book for casual or professional investor

I loved this book! I listened to the whole book in one week. One common thread with all these great investors was was how principled they all were. They never set out to make huge amounts of money. They liked the intellectual challenge and loved their works and the wealth came as a result.

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Recommend for anyone with investments

A truly inspiring and interesting book for anyone contemplating investing. The variety of interviews and depth of knowledge presented is impressive. I would also recommend listening to the podcasts the author has appeared on to discuss the book. It stands to reason that if you are investing you should learn how some of the best have done it.

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fantastic book!

such a great book that does more than give you investment advice; it really digs into the principles and ideologies that have made these individuals the successes that they are.
there are many great anecdotes and quotes sprinkled throughout the book that add to the story and make everything seem so much more personable and approachable. The performer also did an exceptional job of adding character and personality throughout to really capture and enhance the essence of each of the individuals that are studied.

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Best book in a decade

I read upwards of 70 books a year, and this is THE book I am constantly going back to. If you’re on your own investment journey, this is a critical book to add to your list. It’s advice is not only on how to build wealth, but how to live a beautiful life.
Thanks William Green for writing this!

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Fantastic Book!

top 2 books I've read about investing in 2022. I learned a lot about how top investors live and how they think. A must read and listen

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loved it!

I wish I had read this far far sooner. There are so many lessons to learn, I feel like I need to listen again. This book is full of mind expanding frames of thought, and life lessons. I was blown away more than once

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William Green has written a masterpiece!

I finished listening to the book in 2 days. However, I will be going back to it again and again, because there's so much wisdom packed in each chapter, that it's impossible to take it all in one sitting. Also, I ordered a hard cover copy for my 15 year old son, because I am certain he could profoundly benefit from reading it. I will most likely buy two additional copies for my younger daughters. Thank you, Mr. Green for collecting the wisdom of so many great men into this wonderful book!

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Truly amazing

If you could only read one book on investing this should be that book. This book is about wisdom and common sense. I loved it.

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The book the read for any value invester

Fantastic book. Absolutely recommend. I have re-listened to the Nick Sleep chapter 3 times now.

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Just a better way of looking at life.

Not only does this book help teach some good skills for investing but it also gives you a better way to view life. Great listen!

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  • T. Eller
  • 2021-04-25

Excellent Work of Art

William Green’s book “Richer, Wiser, Happier”, is an excellently written book. In reading the first couple of chapters, it is apparent the book fleshes out years of exhaustive and thorough research on each successful investor. Not only do we get to know each investor in what made them tick, but their methods of value investing that made them successful are fleshed out in detail. I highly recommend William’s book as a MUST-READ for any serious investor to add to their library. I have read several books on value investing, and William’s book certainly rises to the top as one of the best page-turners I have read in a long time. The audible version has an excellent narrator that appropriately adjusts pitch, tone, and even accents to quote different investors. William’s book will remain on my iPhone for me to listen to again at will as it is not only educational but highly enjoyable and an obvious work of art!

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  • David Vanderaar
  • 2021-04-23

Understand Their Thinking and Clone Their Practices

Balanced between how to grow financial and spiritual wealth over time. If just starting out as an investor, read this before reading the books by the investors that Green interviewed. Excellent narrative plus focused principles from lessons learned for practical application. This book is not technical in investment analysis but covers personal perspectives and value investing principles well. Tenets of simplicity, diligence, patience, mindfulness and charity come together.

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  • A.S. Hall
  • 2021-04-24

Modern Day Blueprint from Billionaire Investors

Great read!⭐ A 25-year journey into the back stories, influences, lives & investment strategies of Templeton, Munger, Buffet, Bogle, Thorp & Greenblatt et al. These investors were/are mavericks, unicorns & contrariens. Commonalities abound. ☆Replicate strategies ☆Buy great, highly-undervalued companies ☆Hold 10 years minimum ☆No distractions ☆Immersion into the target company /country ☆And for life: Love your neighbor as yourself☆ Refrain from what is unwholesome☆ Do Good☆ Purify your mind☆ What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor- the rest is commentary. 💯✅

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-08-25

An in depth interview on some of the greatest in investing

Simply one of the best business books ever written and narrated. Raphael Corkhill narration makes the book worth listening than reading.

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  • Ace
  • 2021-10-10

fascinating insights

more than finance...this book explains the types of people and ideas that sustainable in life.

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  • Abe
  • 2021-08-05

The last 10 minutes...wow...just wow!!!?!

The last 10 minutes...wow...just wow!! This is a must listen for all value investors. An instant classic.

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  • H. E.
  • 2021-08-02

Great book spoiled by terrible narration.

This is an interesting and informative book based on years of research and many interviews of expert practitioners of the art of investing. Overall I liked it very much, but the experience was definitely spoiled by the melodramatic, soft-porn-type narration. I learned a lot, but for my second time through I will be using the print copy.

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  • jonnathan a. Mordan
  • 2022-07-14

A modern classic

One of the best business books I’ve experienced. And the performance by the reader just added to the enjoyability. Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-07-02

Worthy of multiple reads

Packed with so much knowledge and wisdom, I’ll have to listen many times to absorb fully the benefits.

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  • Ramon Pena
  • 2022-06-26

Incredible perspective on life and investing.

Impressive accounting of the lives and pursuits of the greatest investors. Inspirational and motivating for anyone interested in building a life out of investing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-09-22

Loved the book, less fan of the narrator

The book itself is very good. It provides a lot of very good insight. The narrator is a bit too much