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Billions to Bust and Back: How I made, lost and rebuilt a fortune, and what I learned on the way Hardcover – 27 Nov 2014
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Though the global financial crisis has spawned shoals of instant histories, mostly by small-fry journalists, there are precious few first-hand accounts of what it was like to be one of the big fish swimming in the treacherous economic seas of the past two decades. Now comes Icelandic entrepreneur Bjorgolfur Thor Bjorgolfsson with a gripping autobiography that describes not only his part in his homeland's banking blow-up but also his earlier career as a brewer in the "Wild East" that was post-Soviet Russia. Anyone who wants to understand the animal spirits that propelled the world economy all the way underwater in 2008 - and then slowly raised it back to the surface again - will relish Billions to Bust and Back (Niall Ferguson)
A self-confessed deal junkie afloat on the turbulent seas of global capitalism, this latter day Thor's life story of triumph, disaster and, it seems, redemption is in the finest tradition of Viking sagas. He provides a gripping insider's perspective on the causes of the financial crisis and its aftermath that you won't read anywhere else. (Matthew Bishop)
Thor Bjorgolfsson made $4billion by the time he was 40 and lost most of it by the time he was 41. His story has much to tell about entrepreneurship. dogged ambition and the brutal might of global markets. A classic tale of how a young man from a small island reached for the sky, achieved riches beyond his dreams and then saw the sky come crashing in on him. (Brent Hoberman)
Thor has lived a classic story of boom to bust; of youthful ambition and exuberance; of sheer passion and determination. Now he has emerged to tell the tale. Inspiring! (Ashish Thakkar)
A must-read for anyone with entrepreneurial spirit. (Nick Leeson Management Today 2015-02-02)
Part confessional, part masterclass - an exuberant manifesto for entrepreneurship by Iceland's first billionaire Thor Bjorgolfsson, written with business journalist Andrew CaveSee all Product description
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In reality, the book feels rushed, poorly constructed and almost as if it has not been edited at all. The bizarre prognostications towards the end are just that - bizarre, and left this reader in a state of confusion. Does Mr. Björgólfsson see himself as absolved of any responsibility in the eyes of the (Icelandic) public, and that the logical progression of his renaissance is to address the largest issues facing human kind? I honestly don’t know.
Having said all this, it is easy to understand why this book is published now, and not a couple of years back. First of all, people like Mr. Björgólfsson have not exactly had a particularly sympathetic audience in Iceland (perhaps why this book is published in English). Secondly, he has now rebuilt his wealth to a large extent and is, once again, writing from the point of view of a winner. He has settled his debts, met his obligations, and emerged on the other side in rather good nick.
As for the book itself, it does provide interesting insights into what is a fascinating career in investment and finance, across many turbulent jurisdictions. It fills in the several blanks that have existed when it comes to Mr. Björgólfsson’s business history, as well as in his glamorous private life. Anyone interested in the high-flying lifestyles of the super-rich would be interested in this book, particularly those who take an interest in the matters of Iceland.
But it is poorly written and edited. This is a shame, as there is wealth of interesting material to build on. One cannot help but think that the tone and structure of the book is the way it is because Mr. Björgólfsson has a number of points that he wishes to make, and does so again and again. This is to the book’s detriment, and is reflected in my rating.
especially his involvement with Landsbanki Bank, which he sincerely wished he had never touched. Mainly because the cronisism in Icelandic society and political meddling makes doing business in Iceland as an independent almost impossible.
A book from a different perspective, definately worth reading
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