Learn More About William Green
What qualities do the world’s most successful investors possess, and what can we learn from them about how to make better decisions in our own professional and personal lives?
William Green, award-winning financial journalist and The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal bestselling author, answers those questions in great depth in his latest book, “Richer, Wiser, Happier: How the World’s Greatest Investors Win in Markets and Life” (Scribner, April 2021). Through vivid storytelling and intimate conversations, Green pulls back the curtain on how iconic figures such as Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Howard Marks and Bill Miller consistently tilt the odds in their own favor. He shares pearls of wisdom from the masters themselves, describing them in action and revealing their high-performance habits, principles and processes.
Throughout his more than 25-year career, Green was privileged to spend extended periods of time with these brilliant, often misunderstood characters, and immerse himself in their lives. During talks, meetings and interviews, Green takes audiences inside those experiences, shares what he learned and explains how anyone can employ their methods to chart a better course.
“One distinctive trait of the greatest investors is that they are ruthlessly pragmatic. They’re just looking for what works and what doesn’t and why,” says Green. “They show us how we can take emotions and biases out of decision making – how we can move on when something doesn’t work until we find what does.”
Enlightened Capitalism and Destination Analysis
An important thread in the book is “enlightened capitalism,” the idea that it is more profitable and wiser to behave morally. Inspired by such legendary investors as Charlie Munger, Jack Bogle and Sir John Templeton, Green has much to share with organizational leaders about responsible growth strategies and how to grow by sharing, much like the Costco model. He also outlines a powerful decision-making framework one investor uses, involving reverse engineering proven success stories. Dubbed “Destination Analysis,” you start by setting your sights on what you are trying to achieve, then solve the problem backwards. It’s not just a framework but a different way of thinking, Green emphasizes.
“In addition to being a practical guide about how to think smarter, the book turned out to be a stealth philosophical and spiritual book about values, the enormous benefits of principled and rational behavior, and how to build sustainable success,” explains Green. “The reality is, in an uncertain world, we still have to make wise decisions about the future. The advice these extraordinary people shared with me goes beyond teaching us how to make good decisions to helping us understand what it means to be truly rich.”
William Green has written for many leading publications in the U.S. and Europe, including Time, Fortune, Forbes, Barron’s, Fast Company, Money, Bloomberg Markets, The New Yorker and The Economist. He has reported in places as diverse as China, India, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Mexico and Russia, and has interviewed prime ministers, inventors, criminals, countless billionaires and the CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies.
Green has edited the European, Middle Eastern, African and Asian editions of Time. He has collaborated on several books as a ghostwriter or co-author, one of which became a #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller in 2017. He also worked closely with renowned hedge fund manager Guy Spier, helping him write his much-praised 2014 memoir, “The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom, and Enlightenment.” Green’s latest book, “Richer, Wiser, Happier: How the World’s Greatest Investors Win in Markets and Life,” has become an international phenomenon and is being translated into 18 languages.
Born and raised in London, Green was educated at Eton College, studied English literature at Oxford University, and received a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in New York.
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