Can't Take It With You: The Art of Making and Giving Money




Author: Lewis B. Cullman
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2004
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 241
Isbn10 Code: 0471657638
Isbn13 Code: -


An engaging chronicle of the remarkable life of Lewis Cullman, a figure George Soros refers to as a "pioneer in finance" Forty years ago, Lewis Cullman shocked Wall Street by introducing a financial model that went on to define modern business. With a $1,000 investment, Cullman engineered the $62.4 million purchase of Orkin Exterminating. We know the process today as a leveraged buyout—the famous or infamous LBO that would change the history of finance. Now, at age 85, Cullman is applying the same principles that helped him amass millions in what he calls "the far harder business" of philanthropy, calling for reform among the private foundations. With wit, detail, and a sharp narrative, Can’t Take It With You deconstructs the art of the deal from a man who truly created an industry. Lewis B. Cullman (New York, NY) was the chairman of Cullman Ventures, Inc. and is one of New York’s most generous and dedicated benefactors to the arts, entertainment, and education. From the Inside Flap As a pioneer in the world of finance, Lewis Cullman--the father of the leveraged buyout (LBO)--made millions of dollars over a long and distinguished career. As one of the most generous philanthropists of our time, he has also given much of this money back to society in a variety of ways. In this inspiring memoir, Cullman takes readers on an incredible journey that spans the course of eight decades and reveals how he succeeded both in business and in life. With wit, detail, and a keen feel for narrative, Cullman takes you inside the hectic days and nights of the first-ever LBO and shows how the leveraged buyout of Orkin Exterminating Company actually came to fruition. You’ll also learn how Cullman successfully wheeled and dealed his way through numerous other LBOs--from Allied Graphic Arts to At-A-Glance®. Along the way you’ll also be introduced to a very personal side of Cullman, including his struggles to find himself while attending Yale University, the family alma mater, his attempts to escape his father’s career expectations, and the way he coped with his first wife’s mental illness. Through each phase of his life, Cullman vividly captures his personal challenges while detailing the professional routes he took--from Navy ensign to weather-service entrepreneur and dealmaker--to succeed his way. Can’t Take It With You: The Art of Making and Giving Money deconstructs the art of the deal from the man who created an industry and reveals how Cullman and his wife Dorothy applied the principles of the LBO to philanthropy. Cullman discusses how he began giving money away in ways that would really make a difference, while making a case for the reformation of private foundations. In his Gospel of Wealth, published in 1889, Andrew Carnegie advised the rich to spend the first half of their lives accumulating wealth and the second half distributing the surplus to those causes "best calculated to produce the most beneficial results for the community." Lewis Cullman has followed this advice, becoming one of the most respected businessmen and philanthropists of our time in the process.

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