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Billions To Bust And Back

Author: Thor Bjorgolfsson
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1782831169
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Thor Bjorgolfsson is a self-styled adventure capitalist with an addiction to debt and an insatiable appetite for business deals who became Iceland's first billionaire. After 10 years establishing his financial empire with alco-pops and beer in the lawless 'Wild East' of newly-capitalist Russia in the 1990s, he moved on to merging, floating, spinning off and privatising businesses from Finland to Sweden, Poland, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and the Czech Republic. On his 40th birthday, and worth $3.5 billion, he was sitting on top of the world; only 250 people in it were richer than him. His most spectacular triumph was the takeover of Iceland's second-largest bank, Landsbanki - he had expected his investment's value to double or treble in four years, and instead it rose ten-fold. But when financial meltdown hit Iceland in October 2008, Landsbanki crashed and burned, taking Bjorgolfsson with it. Within 12 months he had lost 3.3 billion euros - 98.5% of his wealth - and was treated as a scapegoat in his native country for supposedly bringing about the disaster. Faced with appalling debts, Bjorgolfsson has made good on his promises to repay his creditors, and at the age of 47 is now a billionaire once again.

Sport In Iceland

Author: Vidar Halldorsson
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1134812302
Size: 73.42 MB
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Iceland is a tiny Nordic nation with a population of just 330,000 and no professional sports leagues, and yet its soccer, basketball and handball teams have all qualified for major international tournaments in recent years. This fascinating study argues that team sport success is culturally produced and that in order to understand collective achievement we have to consider the socio-cultural context. Based on unparalleled access to key personnel, including top coaches, athletes and administrators, the book explores Icelandic cultural capital as a factor in sporting success, from traditions of workmanship, competitive play and teamwork to international labour migration and knowledge transfer. The first book to focus specifically on the socio-cultural aspects of a small nation’s international sporting success, this is an original and illuminating contribution to the study of the sociology of sport. Sport in Iceland: How small nations achieve international success is fascinating reading for team sport enthusiasts, coaches, managers and organisers, as well as for any student or scholar with an interest in the sociology of sport, strategic sports development, sports policy or sports administration.


Author: Stanley H. Brown
Publisher: Beard Books
ISBN: 9781893122307
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What was most remarkable about Jim Ling among the great players of corporate games is that he invented his own. And it worked for a while. In fact, he convinced some of the smartest people on Wall Street that he had a foolproof way. It has been more that 25 years since Ling strode the scene as creator and CEO of Ling-Temco-Vought, once the 14th largest corporation on Fortune's 500 list. When the financial magic he used wore off, he was ousted from the helm. They even changed the name to plain LTV to get his name off the facade that wound up as a bankrupt steelmaker. Without any education beyond high school in Oklahoma and electrician's training in the Navy during World War II, Ling discovered a way to create free money for a while. He called his series of acquisitions and spin-offs Project Redeployment, which made it sound like something grander than it proved to be. But while it worked, it was dazzling, even compared with Michael Milken's rediscovery of undervalued, high-yield (junk) bonds. Unlike Milken, a convicted felon, Ling was a man of integrity whose worst trouble with the law involved a minor regulatory matter. He believed in himself and his venture so thoroughly -- and wrongheadedly -- that he kept all his own and his children's money in his company's stock and was wiped out. The trouble with financial games is that they are easier to play than focusing on sound management and products, and they are surely more fun to watch.

Everything Is Possible Life And Business Lessons From A Self Made Billionaire And The Founder Of Slim Fast

Author: S. Daniel Abraham
ISBN: 145875846X
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I once got together all my top people, and asked each one 'Who do you report to?','' writes legendary businessman S. Daniel Abraham. ''And everybody gave the obvious answer, 'I report to Joe,' 'I report to Danny.' And I said to them, 'You're all wrong, you all report to the consumer. That's who we report to, that's who we work for'.'' In I Work for You, Abraham imparts this and several other crucial lessons about business, life and the underpinnings of success. From selling and marketing strategies, to the lessons taught by war, and Abraham's dedicated search for peace, this fascinating business memoir reveals a businessman unlike any other. Abraham vividly recalls life experiences including: growing up in a Jewish family in Long Beach, New York, and his first taste of entrepreneurship putting out his own newspaper as a teenager fighting in World War II and turning his focus to making the world a better place as a result joining the family business, and learning about tenacity and achievement, selling such inventions as Slim-Mint Gum, San-Cura itch cream, and Gas-Tabs developing Slim-Fast, exploring new avenues of marketing, making use of celebrity endorsements, and ultimately selling Slim-Fast to Unilever for 2.3 billion relentlessly working behind-the-scenes to help further the peace process in the Middle East Throughout I Work for You, Abraham emphasizes the importance of a strong work ethic, good family values, hard work, and honesty; touches on the importance of faith and trust to attain goals; and shares the lessons that he has learned over his storied career to create a successful and worthy life.

Winners Dream

Author: Bill McDermott
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476761086
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The co-CEO of the world's largest business software company, SAP, uses the story of his life to show how relentless optimism, hard work and disciplined execution can embolden people and equip organizations to achieve audacious goals. 100,000 first printing.

Junk To Gold

Author: Willis Johnson
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 1490816585
Size: 50.80 MB
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Junk to Gold is about one man's journey from humble beginnings to unimaginable success. Willis Johnson, the founder of Copart [CPRT], offers up a personal and inspirational account of this journey to the top including lessons he learned from love, war and building a global, multi-billion dollar business. Even at the pinnacle of success, Willis remained grounded in his family-first values. His stories will inspire and provoke the entrepreneur in everyone to start building their dream.

King Icahn

Author: Mark Stevens
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781494348922
Size: 20.40 MB
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King Icahn is an unparalleled human drama. It is the story of a man who rose from humble beginnings to emerge as the most powerful, eccentric, galling, pugnacious and successful force in the business world. The Icahn drama is rife with contradictions, juxtapositions, paradoxes and epic power plays. All have led to a reshuffling of the business\financial landscape, to the electric fear on the part of CEOs when they hear the terrorizing words "Carl Icahn is on the phone" and to one of the world's greatest fortunes. King Icahn is the only book written about Icahn, completely independent but with full access to the man himself. It reveals the back story of the greatest financier/pit bull of his generation, his multi-billion dollar epiphany, his real motive for taking on the CEO elite as well as his loves, feuds, idiosyncrasies and intellectual brilliance. Reading this book is the equivalent of earning an MBA squared!


Author: Dominic Midgley
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0957020767
Size: 56.78 MB
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‘An incredible story’ – Mail on Sunday; ‘Well researched and fluently written’ – The Times; ‘Draws a picture of a man of immense ruthlessness, nerve and charm . . . offers a Vanity Fair of Russian oligarchy’ – The Spectator; A superb insight into the Chelsea boss . . . a must read for both football fans and business tycoons’ – Sunday Business Post; ‘A well-researched investigation into the life and times of Chelsea’s owner’ – World Soccer; ‘The first sustained effort to uncover the making of Chelsea’s oligarch’ – Guardian’; ‘Authors Dominic Midgley and Chris Hutchins go to commendable lengths to tell the story’ – Sunday Times; ‘Where this book sets itself apart is in its quest to discover Abramovich’s true identity. Interviews with his childhood friends, neighbours and teachers in Russia offer an original perspective on the man while access to the informed such as Boris Berezovsky, his one-time mentor, provides a picture of a canny dealmaker and consummate politician’ – The Times’; ‘Most fascinating account . . . should be read by anyone not just with an interest in sport but also in business and in politics’ – Press and Journal.

The First Billion Is The Hardest

Author: T. Boone Pickens
Publisher: Crown Pub
ISBN: 0307396010
Size: 18.24 MB
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The legendary hedge-fund manager describes his battle back from financial disaster in his seventies and the many vital lessons he learned along the way, including how to believe in oneself even if those around you do not.

The Wanda Way

Author: Jianlin Wang
Publisher: Lid Publishing
ISBN: 9781910649428
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In 1998, and following 17 years in the army, Jianlin Wang formed a property company in the north-eastern Chinese city of Dalian using a loan of $80,000. Today, Dalian Wanda is China's largest private property developer, generating revenues of $40 billion globally, and owning some 9-million square metres of investment property. In 2012, Wanda became the world's largest theatre owner when it acquired AMC Theatres, with a view to becoming a global entertainment colossus. Wang himself has become Asia's richest man. This book, by its founder and Chairman, provides unprecedented insight into the ethos and activities that have created the extraordinary business success that is the Wanda empire. Wang describes his managerial philosophy and the essence of his business ideas to "make Wanda a brand like Walmart or IBM or Google - a brand known by everyone in the world", and that led The Economist to call him "a man of Napoleonic ambition". As China's influence in the world economy grows led by companies such as Wanda, this book is both timely and relevant