A gripping tale of adventure, danger and humor, peppered with investment tips from a Wall Street legend The best-selling author of Investment Biker takes a fascinating journey through the world's economic situation in a convertible yellow Mercedes. This is the motivating story of entrepreneur Jim Rogers, dubbed "the Indiana Jones of finance" by Time magazine, who made his fortune playing the stock market and then embarked on his lifelong dream adventure. Together with his fiancee, Paige Parker, he set out on a three-year drive around the world that would ultimately set the Guinness world record for the longest continuous car journey. Their trip winds its way through 116 countries - through blizzards, deserts, epidemics and war zones - to discover failing economies and the new boom countries not from dry and potentially flawed statistics, but by experiencing life itself. This is a gripping tale of travel and adventure; along the way they encounter danger, love and farce. It is also a highly readable account of world economies: you won't find a more enjoyable way to be introduced to the investment potential of Bolivia, or the cultural changes afoot in North Korea. Finally it is also an inward journey in which Rogers moves from the restless traveler to husband and father, hoping one day to introduce his daughter to his own passion for travel. JIM ROGERS entered the investment business in 1968 with $600 dollars in his pocket. By 1980, at 37 years of age, he had left Wall Street with enough money to satisfy a lifelong appetite for adventure.
part one: 1999 1. A Yellow Mercedes. 2. Young Turks. 3. The Coming Catastrophe of Central Asia. 4. The Best Capitalists Are in Communist China. 5. A New Asian Crisis: A Shortage of Girls. 6. Digital Mongolia. 7. The Wedding. part two: 2000 8. Into Africa. 9. My Broker in Ghana. 10. Whirling Dervishes. 11. Arabian Nights. part three: 2001 12. Sixty Million of Us Wash Away Our Sins. 13. The Road from Mandalay. 14. Playing Detective in La Paz. 15. My Father’s Grave. 16. Home Again. Appendix. Index.
‘a terrific read…Rogers has some extraordinary experiences and he relates them well.’ (International Herald Tribune, 14 June 2003) ‘… a terrific read, a real page-turner’ (Daily Mail, 2 June 2003) "…This is holiday reading for anyone in management…" (Accountancy, August 2003) "…the resulting book is part -travelogue, part –social commentary, part economic treaty and thoroughly fascinating…" (Gulf Business, August 2003) "…is the most sprawling, adventurous journey you’re likely to take within the pages of a book…" (Dunstable Gazette, 6 August 2003) "…eloquent and engaging…unlike most economic books you can read this one on the beach…" (Money week, 15 August 2003) "…Adventure Capitalist bounces along from anecdote to anecdote with a sense of fun…" (Accounting Technician, September 2003) "…millionaire Jim Rogers recalls a millennium on the move ..Jim Roger’s epic trip…" (Top Gear, September 2003) "…the Indiana Jones of finance…" (Times Online, 17 October 2003) "…As travellers’ tales go, Rogers’ stories are told differently…".(Personal Money, November 2003) “…This is the perfect book for anyone who is interested in traveling and making money…” (Suffolf Free Press, 13 November 2003) "…well-written and interesting which has provided me with valuable insights…" (The Independent on Sunday, 14 December 2003) “Anyone following Rogers’ journey cannot fail to be surprised, entertained and even touched by his more anecdotal assessment of globalisation.” (EN Magazine, March 2004) "…highly readable…an interesting off-the-beaten-track read…" (Publishing News, July 04)
Born in 1942, Jim Rogers had his first job at age five, picking up bottles at baseball games. Winning a scholarship to Yale, Rogers was coxswain on the crew. Upon graduation, he attended Balliol College at Oxford. After a stint in the army, he began work on Wall Street. He cofounded the Quantum Fund, a global-investment partnership. During the next ten years, the portfolio gained more than 4,000 percent, while the S&P rose less than 50 percent. Rogers then decided to retire - at age thirty-seven - but he did not remain idle. Continuing to manage his own portfolio, Rogers served as a professor of finance at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and as moderator of The Dreyfus Roundtable on WCBS and The Profit Motive on FNN. At the same time, he laid the groundwork for his lifelong dream, an around-the-world motorcycle trip: more than 100,000 miles across six continents. That journey became the subject of Rogers’s first book, Investment Biker (1994), available from John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. While laying plans for his Millennium Adventure 1999–2001, he continued as a media commentator at Worth, CNBC, et al., and as a sometime professor. He now contributes to Fox News and others as he and Paige eagerly await their first child. He can be reached at www.jimrogers.com
Drive . . . and grow rich! The bestselling author of Investment Biker is back from the ultimate road trip: a three-year drive around the world that would ultimately set the Guinness record for the longest continuous car journey. In Adventure Capitalist, legendary investor Jim Rogers, dubbed "the Indiana Jones of finance" by Time magazine, proves that the best way to profit from the global situation is to see the world mile by mile. "While I have never patronized a prostitute," he writes, "I know that one can learn more about a country from speaking to the madam of a brothel or a black marketeer than from meeting a foreign minister." Behind the wheel of a sunburst-yellow, custom-built convertible Mercedes, Rogers and his fiancée, Paige Parker, began their "Millennium Adventure" on January 1, 1999, from Iceland. They traveled through 116 countries, including many where most have rarely ventured, such as Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Angola, Sudan, Congo, Colombia, and East Timor. They drove through war zones, deserts, jungles, epidemics, and blizzards. They had many narrow escapes. They camped with nomads and camels in the western Sahara. They ate silkworms, iguanas, snakes, termites, guinea pigs, porcupines, crocodiles, and grasshoppers. Best of all, they saw the real world from the ground up - the only vantage point from which it can be truly understood - economically, politically, and socially. Here are just a few of the author’s conclusions: • The new commodity bull market has started. • The twenty-first century will belong to China. • Asia is facing a dramatic shortage of women. • Pakistan is on the verge of disintegrating. • India, like many other large nations, will break into several countries. • The Euro is doomed to fail. • There are fortunes to be made in Angola. • Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are a scam. • Bolivia is a comer after decades of instability, thanks to gigantic amounts of natural gas. Adventure Capitalist is the most opinionated, sprawling, adventurous journey you’re likely to take within the pages of a book - the perfect read for armchair adventurers, global investors, car enthusiasts, and anyone interested in seeing the world and understanding it as it really is.
"My success in the market has been predicated on viewing the world from a different perspective." Jim Rogers, "the Indiana Jones of finance" (Time magazine)
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