Lying, cheating, stealing

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com

When you get rich by lying, cheating and stealing, you need to lay low and avoid the limelight. You can get obscenely rich, but a journalist won’t reference you when they are trying to think of rich people:

The only way to profit in a free market over the long run is via production and mutually beneficial trade. Henry Ford grew rich by building us cars. Walt Disney ( DIS – news – people ) grew rich by bringing us delight. Robert Noyce grew rich by inventing the integrated circuit and making modern computers possible. Sam Walton grew rich by selling us virtually everything dirt cheap. The profit motive doesn’t drive people to cut corners but to create value.

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