Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-dollar Business Empire

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Black Classic Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 318 pages
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Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun? is the inspiring story of Reginald Lewis: lawyer, Wall Street wizard, philanthropist ? and the wealthiest black man in American history.

When six-year-old Reginald Lewis overheard his grandparents discussing employment discrimination against African Americans, he asked, ?Why should white guys have all the fun?" This self-assured child would grow up to become the CEO of Beatrice International and one of the most successful entrepreneurs ever. At the time of his death in 1993, his personal fortune was estimated in excess of $400 million and his vast commercial empire spanned four continents. Despite the notoriety surrounding Lewis's financial coups, little has been written about the life of this remarkable man. Based on Lewis's unfinished autobiography, as well as scores of interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, the book cuts through the myth and media hype to reveal the man behind the legend. What emerges is a vivid portrait of a proud, fiercely determined individual with a razor-sharp tongue ? and an intellect to match ? who would settle for nothing less than excellence from himself and others.
 

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From a humble birth in 1942 Lewis rose to become CEO of the billion-dollar company Beatrice in 1987. Journalist Walker, who never met Lewis, based this chronicle on dozens of interviews and on an ... Read full review

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I couldn't put this book down. Fantastic read. The ambition and belief in himself this amazing man possessed from a young age in inspiring. The way he stuck to his vision regardless of how those around him thought is what true visionaries seems to possess. The way he was able to put together these mind bogglingly complex takeover bids and then increase the value with such clarity and intuition shows the true genius of this legendary figure in corporate american history.
This would make a fantastic movie!
 

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Contents

A Kid from East Baltimore
1
Lewiss Demon Work Ethic The High School Years
16
Im Going to Be a Millionaire Lewis at Virginia State
32
No Application Needed Breaking Down the Doors of Harvard Law
50
Building His Own Law Practice The Years of Struggle
72
Masterful Man Winning Loida Nicolas
97
I Was Not Ready
110
Drexel the Bear and the 18 Million Race Closing the McCall Pattern Deal
132
International Headaches and Domestic Roadblocks
218
Bravura and Brinksmanship Closing the Beatrice Acquisition
230
Taming a Business Behemoth
251
A Door to a New Universe
273
Connoisseur Philanthropist Citizen of the World
283
I Am Not Afraid of Death
293
Epilogue
308
Sources Interviewed
312

Piloting McCall for a 90toOne Gain
157
The Biggest Deal of All The BillionDollar LBO of Beatrice
187

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About the author (1995)

The son of two Baltimore public school teachers, Blair S. Walker used to entertain himself in elementary school by writing short stories. The practice was frowned upon by instructors who wanted Walker to pay attention in class rather than secretly heed his muse. After serving in the Army as a Korean linguist, Walker attended the University of Maryland and worked as an intern reporter with the Baltimore Sun. Hired by the Orlando Sentinel after college, Walker was fired after six months by an editor who disparagingly noted that Walker's writing ability was marginal at best! A former financial writer with USA Today, Walker has been an editor with New York Newsday and the Washington Post, and a newsman with the Associated Press. The author of three novels featuring investigative reporter Darryl Billups, Walker holds a University of Maryland J.D. degree and currently lives in South Florida, where he's pursuing a lifelong dream of learning to fly helicopters.

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