How to Be Rich

by Wojciech Adam Koszek   ⋅   Apr 26, 2013   ⋅   Menlo Park, CA

This was a really, really great book from one of the America's best entrepreneurs of that time and the founder of the "Getty's Museum". Enjoyed every single minute of it.

From the legend himself.. Basically very unique thing. I really wanted to get a book from first person perspective. Previous content I consumed was generated by human being of moderate wealth. People, who went on their way of setting up companies, building products and successfully selling them.

Nobody as far as I know got really wealthy. Well, maybe Larry Ellison and Jim Clarke did, but others didn’t.

Funny thing is that most of people who wrote motivational books on obtaining money and wealth never really had true riches under their control. I don’t think Napoleon Hill was really a wealthy man. We could consider him exceptionally wealthy based on number of other guys who he motivated, but that doesn’t count.


Getty’s book is exceptionally unique. How can’t you call unique a book which starts with “How I made my first billion”. Jonas Howard got close to the 1st impression in his “On the Roll”, when he started from “The day …… I was worth $100M” (after IDT IPO offering).

Impression I got from Getty’s book is that the author seemed extremely humble man and the advices seem be addressed to people of all ages and experience levels.

There’s a small cheat at the beginning when he mentions father didn’t help him with anything, however their first investments they did together. Hmm.. The chapter on appreciation of art is very good too. Couldn’t even believe it has been addressed in the book.

“In the Plex”
“The Everything Store”

Subscribe for updates

Once a month I send updates on the new content and hints for software engineers.

Liked it? Share it!

About the author: I'm Wojciech Adam Koszek. I like software, business and design. Poland native. In Bay Area since 2010.   More about me