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What Billionaires Think and Say

Billionaires past and present

Published: Mar 25, 2013 06:22:04 AM IST
Updated: Apr 1, 2013 03:46:35 PM IST
What Billionaires Think and Say
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Set your goals high; make friends with different kinds of people; enjoy simple pleasures. Stand on high ground; sit on level ground; walk on expansive ground.
Li Ka-Shing

Have a vision and the money will come.
Rubens Ometto

I don’t play golf or all those things people normally do for business. I do parties. That’s where I bring people in, showcase ideas and, in the end, do deals.
Guy Laliberte

To stabilise society, pachinkos contribute much. They really soothe people’s anxiety.
Kenkichi Nakajima

I’m not in business to make money for the other guy. I’m in business to make money for myself.
Sheldon Adelson

Power, money, that’s just the road to respect. After all, money disappears, friends die, and you die, but your reputation remains.
Thor Bjorgolfsson

Earn enough money so you can afford to waste time.
Kiyoshi Sagawa

One of the things that drives me is the excitement that I could fail. What better buzz can you get?
Calvin Ayre

Greek shipowners like to boast, “I bought ships at the bottom of the market, and now they’re worth ten times as much.” It goes back to the days of Onassis and Niarchos competing with each other over who had the biggest fleet, the biggest yacht and the most famous girlfriend.
Stelios Haji-Ioannou

Happiest is a man who has his vocation as a hobby.
Murray Edwards

Very good for the waistline. One of the best reducing programmes.
Alfred Heineken, on being kidnapped and held for three weeks in 1993

(This story appears in the 05 April, 2013 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • Kunal

    Very effective line by Kiyoshi Sagawa.. I agree with the moral of that line.

    on Mar 30, 2013
  • Arjun

    I agree with Rubens Ometto. Think big so that you can achieve big.

    on Mar 28, 2013
  • Sakshi

    I definitely think the same. as Murray Edwards.the person whose vocation is his hobby is the happiest man on earth. If you don\'t enjoy what you do stop doing it.

    on Mar 25, 2013
    • Nadiya

      That\'s true..the greatest blessing one can have is to have her hobby as vocation..otherwise it\'s just not worth it, even if it can bring all the luxuries and fortunes of life.. earning money is no doubt important..money does matter in life..but if our slogging is just limited to making money, with the premise that it can get us approval, acceptance, reputation and respect from \'others\', then I\'m afraid, this may soon take away the \'meaning and dignity of work\'..that may result in a scenario where one earns in billions (externally), but (internally) lives with the plight of begging for validation, respect and acknowledgement from others. Rather, \'money and meaning\' should go hand-in-hand..if work itself gives us the constant integrated awareness that \'I\'m doing something that matters to me most in life, then money just becomes incidental\'..here I agree with Rubens Ometto: \'Have a vision and the money will come\' !

      on Mar 27, 2013