Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.
The smartest billionaires I know never finished high school. I got my degree and my doctorate on the street and an advanced degree in jail.
It doesn’t matter who you vote for. It’s still the same billionaires that run the world.
When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.
If you never want to be criticised, for goodness’ sake don’t do anything new.
I find the fact that billionaires are quoted as if the fact that they are billionaires gives them some kind of wisdom is outrageous.
Have fun. The game is a lot more enjoyable when you’re trying to do more than just make money.
For billionaires who cannot buy good press, there is the option of buying the press.
If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small.
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
The idea of being all things to all people is a thing of the past.
After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts.
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(This story appears in the 16 October, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)