A self-made multimillionaire shares advice for living in this debut guide.
Being rich and living rich are not necessarily the same thing, writes Bentley, who claims to have founded and sold an unnamed technology company for more than $20 million. This guide, however, may be just as practical for millionaires as it is for those who want to “think like a millionaire (even if you are not one yet).” For both groups, the book boasts common-sense advice about such financial vehicles as credit cards, mortgages, and life insurance. The author’s counsel is nothing if not blunt: “You need two credit cards, no more. One to use and one as a backup in case your first card is declined.” His words about friendship also ring true: “for every friend who is happy with your success, there may be another who is jealous and shows it.” Much of the advice he gives will be practical for anyone, regardless of income. But some chapters, such as “Why a Second Home is Almost Free,” “The Best Island Hotels,” and “Wheels Up! How to Charter a Jet,” are appropriate only for the very rich, as they assume an affluent lifestyle to which many can only aspire. (The chapter “Ten Good Things You Can Do With Your Money,” however, suggests that there are greater aspirations in life than spending a fortune all on oneself.) If the affluent are indeed the book’s primary audience, it’s hard to believe they wouldn’t already be aware of most of the content here. Still, readers who dream big may be interested to know what it’s like to charter a yacht or collect expensive cars. Although this book reveals no remarkable secrets, it’s still a breezy read, with short chapters written in clear language.
This engaging book looks at aspects of living large that are likely familiar to the wealthy, but it also offers a peek at the millionaire’s lifestyle for those with a vicarious interest.