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WELL! How Far Are You On Your Way To Success

The old capitalist system may very well be creaking under the strain presently, however it seems it’s all we’ve got at the moment so let’s keep the auld head down. There we all are now, striving to be successful and trying to accumulate as much wealth as we can to ensure we comply with the constraints of the system. Of course ‘success’ and what it means is a very emotive topic and can mean different things to different people. I have no doubt we will explore it as a topic in more detail later but for the moment it may be useful to reflect on those who have by whatever standard are deemed to have achieved optimum success in business.

As a trainer I find it hard not to snoop into people’s lives always keen to know what others do and how they contend with living their lives and advancing their careers. I suppose that’s why I enjoy my job so much as I am exposed to these things on a daily basis. For your information I have put together a short conflate of the five current richest people on the planet and included snippets that I feel you will enjoy.

Net Worth: $73 billion
Country: Mexico
Source of Wealth: Telecoms

Things that might interest you about Carlos Slim Helu

  1. He is the owner of 220 companies involved in telecommunications, banking, railways, and restaurants.
  2. His wealth grew by $18.5 billion last year.
  3. In Mexico he controls 80% of the landlines and 70% of the mobile service.
  4. Helu loaned $250 million to the New York Times last year saving it from financial ruin.
  5. His favourite sport is American Baseball and he follows the New York Yankees.
  6. Helu’s father immigrated to Mexico from Lebanon in 1902 to avoid military conscription.
  7. He is known to be very frugal and lives in the same modest 6 bedroom home where he has resided for the past 30 years.
Bill Gates
Net Worth: $67 billion
Country: US
Source of Wealth: Microsoft

Things that might interest you about Bill Gates

  1. Bill Gates is credited for revolutionising the computer world through his highly userorientated inventions and aggressive business approach. Gates, one of the greatest business minds of all times always tries to broaden his knowledge and capacity to absorb ideas.
  2. Bill Gates never graduated from college; he dropped out of Harvard just one year before graduation at that age of 20 to form what was to become Microsoft with his friend Paul Allen in 1975.
  3. If Bill Gates was a country; he would be the 37th richest country on earth.
  4. His home is worth 125 million dollars and he is married to Melinda French from Dallas, Texas, he has three children Jennifer, Rory and Phobea.
  5. Gates had a very close relationship with his mother; Mary who after a brief career as a teacher devoted her time to helping raise the children and working on civic affairs and with charities, his father was an accountant.
  6. In 1983 Gates business partner Paul Allen was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease.
  7. Bill Gates stepped down from the day-to-day operations of Microsoft in 2000, turning over the job of CEO to college friend Steve Ballmer who had been with Microsoft since 1980.
Net Worth: $57 billion
Country: Spain
Source of Wealth: Zara

Things that might interest you about Amancio Ortega

  1. He’s difficult to know, impossible to interview and incredibly secretive.
  2. The 76-year-old founder of the Inditex Group whose flagship brand is Zara has spent years secluded from public view, all while living in the middle of La Coruña, a Spanish city of 246,000 people which is about 590 kilometres from the capital Madrid.
  3. Ortega built his empire on two basic rules: Give customers what they want, and get it to them faster than anyone else.
  4. He left school when he was 12 to work as a shirt-maker’s delivery boy, to help support his poor family.
  5. The aggressively managed Inditex has more than 6000 stores in some 90 countries and includes such brands as Ortega’s flagship Zara, Zara Home, Massimo Dutti and others. It is the world’s biggest fashion retailer ahead of Gap and Hennes & Mauritz, making 840 million garments a year.
  6. His Zara stores are often positioned in premium locations near other more luxurious brands as part of his marketing strategy.
  7. In 2012 he donated 20 million Euros to charity in a single donation which was seen as unusual philanthropy practice in Spain where more discreet donations are the norm.
4. Warren Buffet
Net Worth: $53.5 billion
Country: US
Source of Wealth: Berkshire Hathaway

Things that might interest you about Warren Buffet

  1. He does not carry a mobile phone or have a computer at his desk. He’s lived in the same 3 bedroom house in Omaha for 50 years.
  2. He drinks approximately 15 cans of Coca-Cola per day!
  3. Buffett’s father Howard worked as stockbroker and served as U.S. Congressman. His mother, Leila Stahl Buffett, was a homemaker. Buffett was the second of three children and the only boy.
  4. Buffett enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania at the age of 16 to study business. He stayed two years, moved to the University of Nebraska to finish up his degree, and emerged from college at age 20 with nearly $10,000 from his childhood businesses.
  5. The majority of Buffett’s considerable fortune was amassed through Berkshire Hathaway. In June 2006, Buffett made an announcement that he would be giving his entire fortune away to charity, committing 85 percent of it to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  6. In February 2013, Buffett purchased HJ Heinz with private equity group 3G Capital for $28 billion. 3G, a U.S.-Brazilian company, also owns Burger King and a portion of Anheuser-Busch InBev.
  7. Now in his eighties, Buffett recently announced that he is battling prostate cancer.
Net Worth: $43 billion
Country: US
Source of Wealth: Oracle

Things that might interest you about Larry Ellison

  1. As a boy, Larry Ellison showed an independent, rebellious streak and often clashed with his adoptive father. From an early age he showed a strong aptitude for math and science, and was named science student of the year at the University of Illinois.
  2. Ellison and his partners won a two-year contract to build a relational database management system (RDBMS) for the CIA. The project’s code name: Oracle. They finished the project a year ahead of schedule and used the extra time to develop their system for commercial applications.
  3. He’s held the CEO role at Oracle since 1977 which makes him the longest-running tech CEO in Silicon Valley history. Ellison truly stands out with his tailor made Italian suits & shirts. He looks the part of the billionaire.
  4. As well as a billionaire, Ellison is also believed to be quite a multi-faceted character: playboy, world champion sailboat racer, sports nut, jet pilot, ruthless businessman, marketing genius, and avant-garde thinker.
  5. Under Ellison’s leadership, Oracle became a pioneer in providing business applications over the internet. Oracle benefited hugely from the growth of electronic commerce; its net profits increased by 76 per cent in a single quarter of the year 2000.
  6. He is quoted as saying “The trouble with software is that it’s very hard to show your aunt in Florida what you’ve done”.
  7. He has two grown children, Megan and David, both dabbling in the movie business, and is divorced from his most recent wife, romance novelist Melanie Craft.