Summary of Rich Like Them

My Door-to-Door Search for the Secrets of Wealth in America's Richest Neighborhoods

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Rich Like Them book summary
A door-to-door reporter asked rich people how they got wealthy. The 10% who actually opened their gates told him how.


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5 Applicability

9 Innovation

8 Style


Journalist Ryan D’Agostino wore out his walking shoes compiling this breezy, unconventional look at how a random set of rich people became wealthy. He gathered his information by ringing 500 doorbells in some of the 100 wealthiest neighborhoods in the United States, and found 50 people who not only opened their doors, but also were willing to answer his questions about how they earned their money. D’Agostino asked what advice they would offer others who want to end up in similar neighborhoods. What he learned isn’t particularly original, and it isn’t a blueprint to certain wealth, but his approach is unusual enough to make his findings personable and valuable. Given that the book doesn’t offer traditional tips for making money, it won’t serve financial planners or money managers. Yet it successfully merges rich people’s stories, ideas and suggestions in an easy, enjoyable read. Yes, it’s pep-rally material for budding entrepreneurs or high rollers, but it’s good pep-rally material. getAbstract suggests this book to business students, young businesspeople, entrepreneurs, managers and worker bees hoping to get ahead. Way ahead.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How wealthy people made their money;
  • What they advise ordinary people who want to get rich, too; and
  • What personality traits and attitudes rich people believe helped them – and might help you.


Meet the Wealthy; Pick Their Brains
Investment strategies and savings plans serve a recognized role in becoming rich, but that’s not the only path, according to people who earn enough to live in grand houses in expensive neighborhoods, as delineated by postal codes. Going door-to-door ...
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About the Author

Ryan D’Agostino is an editor at Esquire and a former senior editor at Money. His work has been published in The New Yorker and other major publications.

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