The inspiring story of Reginald Lewis: lawyer, Wall Street wizard, philanthropist--and the wealthiest black man in American history. Based on Lewis's unfinished autobiography, along with scores of interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, this book cuts through the myth and hype to reveal the man behind the legend.
The late African American entrepreneur traces his rise from a Baltimore ghetto to the elite inner circle of Wall Street deal-makers.
This inspirational book, written by Lin Hart, combines the best attributes of a rousing memoir with the direct imperative of a self-help book, holding up the life of Reg Lewis as a model for success.
Keep Going No Matter What
Author: Ponchitta Pierce, Loida Nicolas Lewis
Friday, November 30, 2012 marked the 25th Anniversary of the purchase of Beatrice International Foods by Reginald F. Lewis. The acquisition by Lewis, at a cost of $985 million dollars, cast the normally publicity shy Lewis into the international spotlight and made the world his arena. Not bad for a guy who grew up in whathe once described as a "semi-tough" neighborhood in Baltimore, MD. In Keep Going No Matter What--The Reginald F. Lewis Legacy: 20 Years Later, numerous individuals--some who knew Reginald F. Lewis and others who were inspired by his book "Why Should white Guys Have All the Fun?" How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire --share their compelling stories about how his lifeimpacted theirs.
The Billion Dollar BET
Author: Brett Pulley
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
The story of Black Entertainment Television and its creator traces the network's rise to a multi-billion-dollar empire, describes Johnson's humble origins and education through his work as a cable industry lobbyist, and discusses BET's successes in light of its business philosophy and impact on race in America.
A guide for aspiring African American entrepreneurs offers advice on how to overcome business challenges, take advantage of available opportunities, and find success in corporate America
Black Faces in White Places
Author: Randal Pinkett, Jeffrey Robinson, Philana Patterson
Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn
The first African-American winner of The Apprentice explains how black professionals can bust through racial barriers in order to climb the corporate ladder and reach their full potential.
You can still find plenty of good deals in a failing real estate market by applying the advice in The Peebles Path to Real Estate Wealth: How to Make Money in Any Market. Multimillionaire teal estate mogul R. Donahue Peebles makes it possible for you to always win in real estate, provided you have the right knowledge and exercise good judgment in the deals you make. Start with small investments and work up to bigger, more profitable properties; before you know it, you’ll be a smart investor earning large profits!
Beating the Odds
Author: Eddie Brown
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Beating the Odds is the improbable, inspiring autobiography of financial guru Eddie C. Brown, one of the nation's top stock pickers and money managers. It details how Brown skillfully kept Brown Capital Management afloat through the dot-com bust, 9/11 and the Great Recession. Born to a 13-year-old unwed mother in the rural South, this African-American investment whiz created a Baltimore-based financial firm that amassed more than $6 Billion under management. Brown delves into the profound heartbreak and disorientation upon the death of his beloved grandmother – who was his surrogate mother -- and recounts how Brown's moonshine-running Uncle Jake subsequently became the dominant adult figure in Brown's life. His unflinchingly honest, easy-to-read memoir details how intellectual curiosity, abiding self-belief, hard work and divine providence helped Brown earn an electrical engineering degree, become an Army officer, and later a civilian IBM engineer. Readers will learn of the strife that ensued when Brown quit IBM to earn an MBA, leading to investment jobs that prepared him to start his own money management company in 1983.
The Man from Essence
Author: Edward Lewis
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Essence magazine is the most popular, well respected, and largest circulated black women’s magazine in history. Largely unknown is the remarkable story of what it took to earn that distinction. The Man from Essence depicts with candor and insight how Edward Lewis, CEO and publisher of Essence, started a magazine with three black men who would transform the lives of millions of black American women and alter the American marketplace. Throughout Essence’s storied history, Ed Lewis remained the cool and constant presence, a quiet-talking corporate captain and business strategist who prevailed against the odds and the naysayers. He would emerge to become the last man standing—the only partner to survive the battles that raged before the magazine was sold to Time, Inc. in the largest buyout of a black-owned publication by the world’s largest publishing company. By the time Lewis did the deal with Time, the little magazine that limped from the starting gate in 1970 with a national circulation of 50,000, had grown into a powerhouse with a readership of eight million. The story of Essence is ultimately the story of American business, black style. From constant battles with a racist advertising community to hostile takeover attempts, warring partners packing heat, mass firings, and mass defections—all of which revealed inherent challenges in running a black business—the saga is as riveting as any thriller. In this engaging business memoir, Ed Lewis tells the inspiring story of how his own rise from humble South Bronx beginnings to media titan was shaped by the black women and men in his life. This in turn helped shape a magazine that has changed the face of American media.
The Peebles Principles
Author: R. Donahue Peebles
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Praise for The Peebles Principles "Don Peebles is an example of what entrepreneurs are all about. In this engaging and witty book, Peebles shares insights from his own success in the world of high- powered real estate. What makes this book different is Peebles doesn't just focus on the positive, he discusses the failures too--something every entrepreneur can expect in his journey to success. This book should be on every aspiring business- person's bookshelf to be read again and again." --Robert L. Johnson, Founder, BET and Owner, Charlotte Bobcats "The Peebles Principles provides a fun read and a bird's-eye view of the ever- changing world of a real estate entrepreneur. It is a good gut check for would-be entrepreneurs to ask if they have what it takes." --Dr. Peter D. Linnemann, Albert Sussman Professor of Real Estate, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania "Wow! What magnificent inspiration The Peebles Principles is for anyone seeking to be involved in business. The ground rules found in each chapter are absolute gems, and those alone make the book worth buying." --Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson, Radio One, Inc. "This book is a brilliant example of entrepreneurship, creativity, and principles. Peebles walks you through many of his successful deals, from their inception to their completion. Once you start the book you won't be able to put it down until you've finished the last page." --Dr. Sanford L. Ziff, Founder and Chairman, Sunglass Hut International Inc.
Chronicles the rise of John Johnson from poverty to millionaire by the time he was thirty-one, detailing the lessons he learned along the way that helped him achieve success
Author: Carol Jenkins, Elizabeth Gardner Hines
Publisher: One World
The grandson of slaves, born into poverty in 1892 in the Deep South, A. G. Gaston died more than a century later with a fortune worth well over $130 million and a business empire spanning communications, real estate, and insurance. Gaston was, by any measure, a heroic figure whose wealth and influence bore comparison to J. P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie. Here, for the first time, is the story of the life of this extraordinary pioneer, told by his niece and grandniece, the award-winning television journalist Carol Jenkins and her daughter Elizabeth Gardner Hines. Born at a time when the bitter legacy of slavery and Reconstruction still poisoned the lives of black Americans, Gaston was determined to make a difference for himself and his people. His first job, after serving in the celebrated all-black regiment during World War I, bound him to the near-slavery of an Alabama coal mine—but even here Gaston saw not only hope but opportunity. He launched a business selling lunches to fellow miners, soon established a rudimentary bank—and from then on there was no stopping him. A kind of black Horatio Alger, Gaston let a single, powerful question be his guide: What do our people need now? His success flowed from an uncanny genius for knowing the answer. Combining rich family lore with a deep knowledge of American social and economic history, Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Hines unfold Gaston’s success story against the backdrop of a century of crushing racial hatred and bigotry. Gaston not only survived the hardships of being black during the Depression, he flourished, and by the 1950s he was ruling a Birmingham-based business empire. When the movement for civil rights swept through the South in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Gaston provided critical financial support to many activists. At the time of his death in 1996, A. G. Gaston was one of the wealthiest black men in America, if not the wealthiest. But his legacy extended far beyond the monetary. He was a man who had proved it was possible to overcome staggering odds and make a place for himself as a leader, a captain of industry, and a far-sighted philanthropist. Writing with grace and power, Jenkins and Hines bring their distinguished ancestor fully to life in the pages of this book. Black Titan is the story of a man who created his own future—and in the process, blazed a future for all black businesspeople in America. From the Hardcover edition.
BLACK ENTERPRISE is the ultimate source for wealth creation for African American professionals, entrepreneurs and corporate executives. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE delivers timely, useful information on careers, small business and personal finance.
Inside are the tools that will help you focus on the thoughts, attitudes, and deeds that will lead to the achievement of your true goals. In 365 short, powerful motivations, one for each day of the year, Dennis Kimbro, author of the popular THINK AND GROW RICH: A BLACK CHOICE, offers a treasure trove of practical inspiration that will give you fresh encouragement every day of the year. What it teaches you will last a lifetime. From the Hardcover edition.