Millionaires: How They Do It

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As a land passionately devoted to free enterprise, the U.S. has always been the best place for a man to make his million. Throughout its history—from the days of the earliest Virginia planters to the postwar bloom of electronics millionaires—the drive for fortune has been a shaping influence and a productive force. The fabled 19th century millionaires—John D. Rockefeller, Edward H. Harriman and Andrew Carnegie—all began poor. Despite their often controversial actions, they, like most American millionaires, basically enriched themselves by enriching a growing nation.

Lately, the belief has grown that it is no longer possible to become...

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