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China's economic rise and influence has been one of the most significant developments in the global economy of recent times. A driving force behind this expansion has been the private entrepreneurs and companies of China, some of which have literally redefined the economic and business landscape, both inside and outside of China. In 2000, Robin (Yanhong) Li founded Baidu and turned the company into the largest Chinese search engine (with over 80% market share by search query) and the world's second largest search engine. In 2005, Baidu completed its IPO on NASDAQ, and in 2007 became the first Chinese company to be included in the NASDAQ-100 Index. This book is the story of the rise of Robin Li and Baidu, which is integral to the story of China's vast internet economy.
China's economic rise and influence has been one of the most significant developments in the global economy of recent times. A driving force behind this expansion has been the private entrepreneurs and companies of China, some of which have literally redefined the economic and business landscape, both inside and outside of China. Nicknamed 'Superman', Li Ka-Shing is one of the most influential entrepreneurs in Asia. Born in 1928 in Chiu Chow, in Southeastern China, Li left for Hong Kong with his family to avoid the perils of war. Forced to leave school before the age of 15, he worked in a plastics factory before starting his own company and is today the 11st richest person in the world. Today, his Cheung Kong is influential in many sectors (including transportation, real estate, financial services, retail and energy). This is the story of an outstanding entrepreneur whose rise is legendary.
From Ben Mezrich, the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, comes Bitcoin Billionaires - the fascinating story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss's big bet on crypto-currency and its dazzling pay-off. Ben Mezrich's 2009 bestseller The Accidental Billionaires is the definitive account of Facebook's founding - and the basis for the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network. Two of the story's iconic characters are Harvard students Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss: identical twins, Olympic rowers, and legal foils to Mark Zuckerberg. Bitcoin Billionaires is the story of the brothers' redemption and revenge in the wake of their epic legal battle with Facebook - and the first great book from the world of bitcoin. Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money for fear of alienating Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into a shady character who tells them about a brand new idea: cryptocurrency. Immersing themselves in what is then an obscure and sometimes sinister world, they begin to realize crypto is, in their own words, either the next big thing or total bulls--t. There's nothing left to do but make a bet. From the Silk Road to the halls of the Securities and Exchange Commission to the Facebook boardroom, Bitcoin Billionaires will take us on a wild and surprising ride while illuminating a tantalizing economic future. On November 26th, 2017, the Winklevoss brothers became the first bitcoin billionaires. Here's the story of how they got there - as only Ben Mezrich could tell it.
When Calouste Gulbenkian died in 1955 at the age of 86, he was the richest man in the world, known as 'Mr Five Per Cent' for his personal share of Middle East oil. The son of a wealthy Armenian merchant in Istanbul, for half a century he brokered top-level oil deals, concealing his mysterious web of business interests and contacts within a labyrinth of Asian and European cartels, and convincing governments and oil barons alike of his impartiality as an 'honest broker'. Today his name is known principally through the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, to which his spectacular art collection and most of his vast wealth were bequeathed. Gulbenkian's private life was as labyrinthine as his business dealings. He insisted on the highest 'moral values', yet ruthlessly used his wife's charm as a hostess to further his career, and demanded complete obedience from his family, whom he monitored obsessively. As a young man he lived a champagne lifestyle, escorting actresses and showgirls, and in later life - on doctor's orders - he slept with a succession of discreetly provided young women. Meanwhile he built up a superb art collection which included Rembrandts and other treasures sold to him by Stalin from the Hermitage Museum. Published to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth, Mr Five Per Cent reveals Gulbenkian's complex and many-sided existence. Written with full access to the Gulbenkian Foundation's archives, this is the fascinating story of the man who more than anyone else helped shape the modern oil industry.
We've all had moments of feeling like we didn't belong, but imagine being born into a world where fitting in was never an option. Michele Sullivan, who has a rare form of dwarfism, shares how her physical posture taught her the most effective relational posture with others, which helped her become one of the most powerful women in philanthropy. Born with a rare form of dwarfism, Michele has spent her life looking up. As the first female president of the Caterpillar Foundation, she has used her unique point of view to impact countless lives around the world. As a child, Michele realized she had a choice to make. A life-changing choice. She could tailor her differences into something more suitable for the world. She could hide from the world and live on the fringe. Or, she could embrace her differences, turn them into assets, and come to recognize that there was a strength within them that could help others. She chose the third option. Looking Up is the story of how Michele became the smallest woman at the largest earth-moving manufacturer in the world. Her story begins with her passage from a young person who, in spite of being looked down upon by others, learned to look up: to find an elevated view of others that would change the course of millions of lives. While her height has presented challenges that are different from those most have experienced (containing some uniquely humorous moments as well), it has allowed her to see things, literally and figuratively, that others do not. Embedded in this narrative are unique takeaways for individuals about the importance of making the first move, being wrong at first, choosing intimacy over influence, and learning that asking for help is a strength, not a weakness. Looking Up is poised to be an inspiring nonfiction work full of heartfelt lessons that will resonate with individuals in their lives and at work.
Businessman, politician, broadcasting personality, and newspaper publisher, Cas Walker (1902-1998) was, by his own estimation, a living legend in Knoxville for much of the twentieth century. Renowned for his gravelly voice and country-boy persona, he rose from blue-collar beginnings to make a fortune as a grocer whose chain of supermarkets extended from East Tennessee into Virginia and Kentucky. To promote his stores, he hosted a local variety show, first on radio and then TV, that advanced the careers of many famed country music artists from a young Dolly Parton to Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, and Bill Monroe. As a member of the Knoxville city council, he championed the little man while ceaselessly irritating the people he called the silk-stocking crowd. This wonderfully entertaining book brings together selections from interviews with a score of Knoxvillians, various newspaper accounts, Walker's own autobiography, and other sources to present a colorful mosaic of Walker's life. The stories range from his flamboyant advertising schemes-as when he buried a man alive outside one of his stores-to memories of his inimitable managerial style-as when he infamously canned the Everly Brothers because he didn't like it when they began performing rock 'n' roll. Further recollections call to mind Walker's peculiar brand of bare-knuckle politics, his generosity to people in need, his stance on civil rights, and his lifelong love of coon hunting (and coon dogs). The book also traces his decline, hastened in part by a successful libel suit brought against his muckraking weekly newspaper, the Watchdog. It's said that any Knoxvillian born before 1980 has a Cas Walker story. In relating many of those stories in the voices of those who still remember him, this book not only offers an engaging portrait of the man himself and his checkered legacy, but also opens a new window into the history and culture of the city in which he lived and thrived.
Binga is the definitive full-length biography of Jesse Binga, the first black banker in Chicago. Born into a large family in Detroit, Binga arrived in Chicago in 1892 in his late twenties with virtually nothing. Through his wits and resourcefulness, he rose to wealth and influence as a real estate broker, and in 1908 he founded the Binga Bank, the first black-owned bank in Chicago. But his fall was equally notable. Binga recounts this gripping story about race, history, politics, and finance in Chicago. Chicago's Black Belt was a sliver of land several miles long and a half mile wide on the city's South Side. Created by segregation, it was a city within a city, and its growth can be traced through the arc of Binga's career. He preached and embodied an American gospel of self-help and accrued wealth while expanding housing options and business opportunities for blacks. A devout Catholic, he and his wife Eudora supported church activities and various cultural and artistic organizations. Their annual Christmas party was the Black Belt's social event of the year. But his success came at the price of a vicious backlash. After Binga moved his family into a white neighborhood in 1917, his house was bombed multiple times, his offices were attacked twice, and he became a lightning rod for the worst race riots in Chicago history (1919). He persevered, but, starting with the stock market crash of October 1929, a string of reversals cost Binga his bank, his property, and his fortune. A quintessentially Chicago story, Binga tells the story of racial change in one of the most segregated cities in America. Binga illuminates how an extraordinary Chicagoan stood as a symbol of hope in a community isolated by racial animosity.
Captain Isaac 'Ike' Emerson, riding high on the international success of his patent, Bromo-Seltzer, lived a storied life of opulence. This first biography of the 'Bromo-Seltzer King' traces his path from North Carolina Farm boy to Baltimore-based multimillionaire with a penchant for lavish entertaining. This book presents Emerson in all his complexity, as entrepreneur, patriot, civic leader, sportsman, and philanthropist. Though little known today, Emerson was a phenom in his era, and this book, drawing from archival records, newspapers of the day, and interviews with descendants, details the ups and downs of his indulgent life.
This path breaking study is the first biography in any language of the Russian industrialist, entrepreneur, and political leader Nikolai Fedorovich von Ditmar (1865-1919). Scion of a Baltic German noble family, von Ditmar studied physical sciences with the famous chemist Dmitrii Mendeleev and pursued a career as a railway engineer before establishing his own industrial enterprise in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov. Thriving in the Russian Empire's dynamic economy, von Ditmar quickly became a civic leader and held high political appointments, including a seat in the State Council of the Russian Empire, the upper house of the legislature that sat from 1906. Possessed of an indefatigable energy, von Ditmar played a leading role in the industrial economy of World War I and supported the anti-communist military forces that contested Lenin's Bolsheviks for control of Russia. Von Ditmar's life presents a kaleidoscopic view of Russia at a time of immense transition and transformation. This biography, introduced by von Ditmar's great-granddaughter, illustrates the true dynamism of the Russian Empire and the many forces that propelled it to triumph and tragedy.
C.F. Tietgen and the Great Northern Telegraph Company made history when they set up telegraph cables in China and Japan in 1870-1871 and thus connected the two countries with the rest of the world through the world-wide communication network. Soon transatlantic submarine cables across the Pacific Ocean and North Atlantic Ocean followed. The book unfolds the history of Tietgen's company through the 19th and 20th century with rivals, revolutions, and civil wars in China and Russia, conflicts and wars in the Pacific Ocean and East Asia, the terror during Stalin's reign, and not least two world wars and the Cold War up until today's globalized and digitalized world. The story moves through government offices and imperial chambers in China, Russia, Japan, and UK, the construction of telegraph lines in Chinese paddy fields, and cable-laying in unknown waters, travels on horseback through the impassable Siberia, and seminal decisions in contemporary boardrooms. After the Second World War, GN Store Nord had to reinvent itself several times. The subsidiary STORNO became one of the world's biggest manufacturers of mobile phones, and the telecommunication company Sonofon was the first to challenge the state monopoly on telephony and network traffic in Denmark. For 150 years there has been numerous crises and downturns of which several have threatened the existence of GN Store Nord. The company recovered every time, and today GN Group - made up of GN Hearing and GN Audio - is a global leader in hearing aid technology and headsets. The book is based on archival research in Denmark, Russia, UK, and China.
When the American journalist told me he hoped to report the truth about the Kashmir uprising, I decided to help. The government people won't let you see what is really happening, I said. Why not let me take you around? It was foolish of me to make such an offer. I knew I was risking retribution by the security forces. But I was a headstrong, independent young man. I wanted the truth to get out, and I would do what I could to help that happen. Farooq Kathwari's extraordinary life began in politically divided Kashmir, where his family was separated by government decree. He had to leave home as a refugee, helped his mother survive shock therapy, joined student activists in street demonstrations, and faced down a gun-wielding security officer--all by the age of seventeen. Forced to become self-reliant, Kathwari journeyed to the United States, talked his way into a bookkeeping job, and earned a degree from NYU graduate school. He launched his first entrepreneurial venture selling Kashmiri crafts out of his Brooklyn apartment. When Kathwari's best customer, the iconic furniture maker Ethan Allen, needed fresh leadership, he was asked to become its president. He transformed the company and become one of America's most successful--and admired--CEOs. Meanwhile, spurred by the tragic loss of his teenaged son in war, Kathwari dedicated himself to the cause of peace in Kashmir and around the world. He hosted meetings with diplomats, shuttled messages between heads of state, and worked with global leaders on issues from human rights to refugee resettlement. Brimming with drama, insight, and unexpected humor, Trailblazer recounts a unique life story, offering readers not just an engrossing journey but also the wisdom of an exceptional leader.