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Old 05-22-2019, 02:26 PM
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land, farming,cattle, and oil/gas wells.
even mud bugs
heck the government even pays them not to plant some things,
down to earth people, but do not own any big boats
we did get them into wade fishing the flats for Reds ,trout ,and flounder with artificial
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Old 05-22-2019, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
LOL. I'm 35. The one I bought was actually made in 2001. The year I enrolled in college. Kind of poetic I guess.
Damn. I'm 36. Maybe just different industry. We don't wear suits either. I believe you'd get your ass kicked for that. lol.
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Old 05-22-2019, 04:27 PM
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I have a number of friends from the high school and earlier years who are very well off. Their families had real $ - most all of it from businesses their families or grandparents started. One in particular you would never know had a dime, and just as humble.
As the family's businesses changed hands, some sold out, others worked in or ran the the businesses, until the parents were gone, then cashed out.
I could call any of them at anytime.

Had a friend back in the day who was the sole heir to the Borden diary fortune - hos nickname was Cheese. He was a Party Animal back then - ran thru the hot wimens like there was no tomorrow. Still turned out ok.

Most of the people I know who have real $ don't show it. The ones that do, didn't work for it - they inherited it, and it shows in their attitude and behavior.
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Old 05-22-2019, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by direwolf3 View Post
I know a couple of brothers who figured out how to grow hogs en mass. One was a schoolteacher, the other was a hanger-on. They made a billion dollars. Figured out how to pollute the waters of our state, create an unbearable stench, then got elected to congress, changed some laws so they can't be sued for over a certain amount. They have yachts, jets, the works. The hanger-on made me some promises pertaining to business, changed the game halfway through, ended up screwing me royally. Not like he needs the money, it's just a game to him. What a dick he turned out to be. Lesson? If you are an honest person, stay the fk away from pig farmers!
Pig farmer would be a huge red flag. You could have disappeared really easily.
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I know a guy, in his 80's, still "works". He's the boss, actually THE BOSS. but you'd never know
it. Owns businesses involved in auto parts mfg., Human genome something or other and a few
more. Decided he needed to downsize his current home so he donated it to a local university
to use as a conference center and to house visiting dignitaries. Market value of the house was
in the 13 - 15 MILLION $$$ range. And he's such a nice guy.......You'd never know, not flashy,
pompous or pretentious. Fun to hang out with....
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No one that I can think of. Hilarious thread.
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Ive got a friend who bought a new helicopter and had it custom painted just like his old helicopter so no one would know he got a new one (insert flying under the radar pun). Super nice and fun guy to be around.
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Old 05-22-2019, 05:11 PM
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Great. Now not only have I figured out I do not know or have met anyone famous, but also I do not know anyone rich. When will there be a thread about who has had the most jobs, or least paying job, or oldest vehicles, or smallest apartment? For me it is probably 30+ at this point, $4/hr, 15 years and 600 sqft.
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Originally Posted by Locke N Load View Post
Great. Now not only have I figured out I do not know or have met anyone famous, but also I do not know anyone rich. When will there be a thread about who has had the most jobs, or least paying job, or oldest vehicles, or smallest apartment? For me it is probably 30+ at this point, $4/hr, 15 years and 600 sqft.
Well, the lowest paying job I ever had was $.50/hr to haul rocks for a crib dock. It was cash, but I quit to caddy for $4/round...

I drove a ‘63 Dodge in 1980 ...

I once had an argument with a world champion boxer about who grew up poorer. I “won”... and he grew up in Columbus with a pile of siblings...

sorry for the derail...

And I know plenty of 8 and 9 figure guys... Most of them you would never know they had it.... Golf,boating,and funny enough, sporting clays have introduced me to them...
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:25 PM
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A friends sister married a guy in his 40s at the time who is now worth 2.5+ billion. The guy, whom I met once for 15 min was down to earth wearing a t shirt and sandels drinking coffee with us . Made his money in the tech world in San Jose Ca. His company is Workday
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I probably know 30 to 50 people who have that kind of money. Honestly almost everyone of them has worked their ass off to get that kind of wealth. Hard work, directed properly, and taking advantage of opportunities the moment they arise, those seem to be the common denominator for those guys. I will say, most of these guys came from a good starting point in life, but they all took advantage of all opportunities when other didnt.
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:14 PM
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I work in a unique area. Millionaires are a dime a dozen. The ones that stand out in that crowd are serious players. The ones with real money never act like it, the least wealthy one I ever worked for was the only one who ever verbally said he had money, the others usually "act" broke to some degree or just don't care about money at all, its not a factor in their lives.

Owner of a law firm that has 3 houses in this town worth $29m but business and homes in another country.
Ceo with 8 houses I know of, only know the value of 3 because I had to send invoices to them. just over $30m in the 3 I know addresses on.
Ceo of an agricultural business, does $100m annually
Owner of a credit card processing company that sold business. Don't know what his ownership percentage was but said his partner got $360m in the sale.
Owner of a software company that sold for $44m a year ago, has new software company now.
Owners of a software company that services the stock market and hospitals. 7 homes I know of.
Former ceo of a clothing company everybody knows. Retired from that and started a textile business and now provides material to clothing brands everybody knows. (Old money family before that).
Family member of a huge global company everybody knows. This dude is disgusting rich, armed security makes anyone working turn and face the wall and not speak when he enters or exits.
Guy who designed and built machines to package pretty much everything the military sent out of the country for the last 60 years (sold business and retired 15-20 years ago. most interesting man I've ever met.
Law firm owner that owns the largest law firm in his home state.
Owner of drilling equipment company for oil/gas companies
Owner of exclusive beer distributing rights for 1/2 a state.
Retired munitions dealer, homes all over the world in the countries he can still travel to safely, but far enough away from the ones he can't.
Former ivy league law professor that wrote the law books used to teach at those same universities. Still writing new ones in his 80's.
Author, computer scientist, and big wig at a huge tech company.
Owner of a financial services company (investments and retirement).

I could go on and on. Those are all known to me through the work I do. They all start out as clients but some of the good ones turned into friends.

Boats owned among them:
1 with just a kayak (loves fishing but wont get on a boat because of seasickness) only takes his kayak out when its flat calm.
1 with a kayak and a 20' whaler
1 used to own giant sailboats and yachts but sold them all due to age.
1 with a 37 intrepid.
1 has kayaks and paddleboards but I think they are his kids. Loves fishing but only does charters.

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Old 05-22-2019, 07:15 PM
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Quite a few in this area. They are all in oilfield related business. Some show it, some don’t but all the ones I know personally are as down to earth as those of us that are not rich.
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:29 PM
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Define wealthy.
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Old 05-22-2019, 08:12 PM
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Back in 2007 I was giving lessons to a guy that just purchased a 27 Cobalt. Nice guy, very unassuming. We were out on the bay and I just asked him what he thought about the stock market. How answer was, " i have ten money managers, and I gave each of them one million to invest. Nine of the ten made money the first year, the tenth guy made me 85% the second year". That was when I realized he had a few bucks. He still has his 27 Cobalt and is still a regular guy!
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I went to a public university in a 1964 Plymouth Valiant. My college roommate showed up in a brand new Jaguar XKE convertible. His house had 12 columns on the front 40' high, and their 200 acre front yard had miles of white wood fencing. The furniture in the house alone would be worth over $5 million--grew up living in an antebellum museum. And the barn had a number of Tennessee Walker show horses that cost an absolute fortune.

I have a buddy and his father refuses to drive in big city traffic--he flies in a Bell JetRanger helicopter everywhere. When weather has the chopper grounded, he drives a Rolls Royce or Mercedes convertible. His dad's house is 38,000 square feet sitting on 120 acres in the middle of a major southern city. Their hunting cabin is a palatial mansion north of Tallahassee on 20,000 acres that will eventually be a state park. And they have a house on Sea Island.

A gentleman down the lake from us lives in a 28,000 square foot house. Over at the yacht club is his 137' Christensen yacht that displaces 350 tons--and usually is kept in Ft. Lauderdale.. The boat has 3 permanent employees. His second home is the penthouse on top of Trump Tower in Manhattan--the other side that our president doesn't own. And of course he has 2 Learjet 20's to run back and forth.

I know another gentleman that lives next door to Tiger Woods' ex-wife in Jupiter, Florida. When he got a mid life divorce, he went out and got a 3 engine Falcon jet so he could fly non-stop to Europe from West Palm Beach. He's a Budweiser franchise holder for a couple of states.
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Dont know him personally, deck hand said he was a business man from California. Im pretty sure this is the type of person everyone is talking about. Seen it at OBB last summer

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Originally Posted by Brezinup View Post
Define wealthy.
Chris Rock summed it up the best.
Shaq is rich......the guy that signs his paycheck is wealthy.
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:31 AM
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One of my best friends just sold his business for over $500m
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:13 AM
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A few I know/my family knows:

mineral rights - 2 families, both down to earth, normal south Mississippi people. Plenty of signs of the money if you know where to look, but nothing like the guys in S. Fla. or Cali.

oilfiled services / utility construction - know several owners mostly normal.

3 different people who made a pile of money in textiles.
A lot of people who made a smaller pile of money having their company bought out by one of the above 3.

One business owner who has owned probably 30-40 businesses throughout his career - never started any of them. Not an entrepreneur, not really passionate about any one business but an accountant by trade and can read the numbers and also has a penchant for right place/right time.
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