Can't Take It With You: The Art of Making and Giving Money by Lewis B. Cullman

By Lewis B. Cullman

What a major tale! What a massive lifestyles! What a tremendous contribution to society! What a huge guy! definitely, Mr. Cullman can say he has "lived" his existence and it is not over but. This ebook is a needs to learn for the up and coming entreprenuer, the social philanthropist and people sitting on millions, thousands or even billions they, nor their households or generations to come back may possibly ever spend. I salute Mr. Cullman for developing the trail and never following a path in his generosity, philosophy and company acumen.

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A few weeks later we were at the elegant old Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, wolfing down more tea sandwiches and anything else we could lay our hands on. The trip would have worked out perfectly if the Buick hadn’t given up the ghost in York, Pennsylvania, five hours from home, forcing us to complete the journey by train. The following summer, I pretty much repeated the trip with another Yale friend, Jim Rothschild, but this time in my own Lincoln Zephyr. The late 1930s were still hard times for a lot of people.

But it had been a daring stroke more than four decades earlier, in 1890, when money was still tight and “Mr. Junior” was only eight years old, that made all the difference. In 1883, Joe Senior started taking annual trips to Holland to bid at auction on tobacco from two Dutch colonies, Sumatra and Java. ) Sumatra tobacco, particularly, was considered a quality wrapper leaf, and it generally sold for well below the Cuban competition. For seven years, Joe Senior sharpened his skills at the auctions and slowly built back up a business that had fallen into disarray with Egbert Dills’ illness and death in 1882.

So much for the Grand Wilmington Strategy. The only thing that seemed to impress the Orkin contingent deeply about the adventure was Pete du Pont’s ready generosity. Even George Weymouth hadn’t come through. As likable as he was, he didn’t really cut much mustard with the du Ponts. He had been typecast in the family as the brotherin-law who kept bringing in all these oddball deals. There would be no $5 million from their side, and without their participation, I had no intention of approaching my own family for another $5 million.

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