Richer, Wiser, Happier: How the World’s Greatest Investors Win in Markets and Life
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.
Lessons from billionaires
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 twenty-five years with many of the world’s greatest investors. As he discovered, their talents extend well beyond the financial realm and into practical philosophy. The most successful investors are 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 both in markets and life. As William Green explains, they 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.
William Green ushers us into the lives of more than forty super-investors, visiting them in their offices, homes, and even their places of worship—all to share what they have to teach us. Richer, Wiser, Happier brings together the thinking of many of the greatest investment minds, from Sir John Templeton to Charlie Munger, Jack Bogle to Ed Thorp, Will Danoff to Mohnish Pabrai, Joel Greenblatt to Howard Marks. In explaining how they think and why they win, this landmark book provides gems of insight that will enrich you not only financially but also professionally and personally.
“This is a brilliant book packed with powerful insights from the world’s most successful investors. Do you want to achieve total financial freedom while also leading an abundant life that’s truly rich in purpose, fulfillment, and joy? Then read Richer, Wiser, Happier and take its invaluable lessons to heart.”
—Tony Robbins, business and life strategist and author of the #1 bestsellers Money: Master the Game and Unshakable
“Nobody writes better about money than William Green. A breathtaking trip though the hearts and minds of the world’s most successful investors. This book not only teaches you how to invest, it teaches you how to think. Not reading it might turn out to be one of your life’s monumental errors.”
—Rolf Dobelli, author of the international bestseller The Art of Thinking Clearly
“In Richer, Wiser, Happier William Green combines sage advice with captivating storytelling, offering pragmatic ideas to ponder, reflect on, and live by.”
—Daniel Goleman, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Emotional Intelligence
“Richer, Wiser, Happier stacks the odds of investing success in your favor by curating lifetime investing lessons from the world’s best investors. If I’d had Richer, Wiser, Happier when I started investing it would have saved me twenty years of reading and studying. It’s all here in one beautiful book. This is one of the most important investing books I’ve ever read.”
—Phil Town, author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Rule #1 and Payback Time
“The most important investment book of the decade….Richer, Wiser, Happier is going to be a classic and, for generations, will define what it means to be a better investor and a better human.”
—Guy Spier, manager of the Aquamarine Fund and author of The Education of a Value Investor
“A fantastic achievement…Richer, Wiser, Happier accomplishes what few books ever have, which is to show how to be rational.”
—Saurabh Madaan, Deputy Chief Investment Officer at Markel Corporation and former Senior Data Scientist at Google
“What a wonderful book! Richer, Wiser, Happier is a profound, eloquent, and much-needed call for a reassessment of how we build our portfolios and live our lives.”
—Stig Brodersen, Cofounder of The Investor’s Podcast Network and host of the podcast “We Study Billionaires”
“William Green draws on history, philosophy, and spirituality to present a meditation on investing. Far more than a book about stock picking, Richer, Wiser, Happier is the enlightened investor’s guide to life.”
—Nina Munk, author of The Idealist and Fools Rush In
“Highly recommended. William Green’s unparalleled access to the world’s greatest investors has enabled him to write a thoroughly engaging book that is brimming with unique insights into investing and life.”
—John Mihaljevic, chairman of MOI Global and author of The Manual of Ideas