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

Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion Dollar Business Empire 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 L

  • Title: Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire
  • Author: Reginald F. Lewis Blair S. Walker
  • ISBN: 9781574780369
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 childWhy 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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    • BONDing over BOOKS says:

      Before there was Oprah there was Reginald F. Lewis. So who is Reginald F. Lewis? Wall Street lawyer and financier who in 1987, achieved what many thought was an impossible feat. At that time, "the billion-dollar LBO (leveraged buyout) of Beatrice International Foods was the largest offshore leveraged buyout ever pulled off." Retold in a semi-autobiographical format, Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun? - How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire by Reginald F. Lewis and Blai [...]

    • Shavon Jones says:

      I finally read Reginald Lewis biography after I met his biographer a few weeks ago. As a black woman who did her undergraduate work at an HBCU, I am disappointed that his story and accomplishments were not part of the curriculum. Now for the review: the book is well-written, thoroughly researched, and balanced in the treatment of Mr. Lewis' favorable and unfavorable attributes. That is what I like to see in biography (which incidentally is my favorite genre) - a complete picture of a flawed yet [...]

    • Sherreka Burton says:

      Pro-black (from a Pan-African standpoint, mind you) multi-millionaire is an oxymoron; it seems as though you can’t be one and the same. I’m slowly becoming disillusioned by this capitalistic structure that is being established around the globe. Reginald F. Lewis was a good business man and he had two great feats that led to his epic status. This is not to say that the two deals were overnight successes, because they weren’t. Lewis worked hard for his eventually high-dollar pay days. I felt [...]

    • DW says:

      Inspiring doesn't even begin to describe this book. However, I am so struck by his life story I can hardly say more than that. You've got to read it for yourself. I read a copy belonging to a friend and I really need to purchase my own, for re-reading and for posterity sake. Here is a man who was accepted to Harvard University without ever having completed an admittance application. Now he has a building there named after him; The Reginald F. Lewis International Law Center. The books title is de [...]

    • Tonya says:

      I couldn't rate this book without considering the writing (not great), clinical approach, and apparent bias. HOWEVER, the subject of the book was no doubt an extraordinary force and businessman. He truly understood his own power and how to focus it. Reading this book definitely makes it a bit harder to come up with excuses.

    • Antoine LJ says:

      Face it, for years American business was dominated by one type of person. In the 80's, Reginald Lewis, with all of his unbridled ambition, had enough moxie to think he could play the game of business at the level of American titans too. He also had enough passion to win at it.

    • Gregory says:

      I thought that this was a good book. As you read this book, you understand Mr. Lewis and how he had built a billion dollar empire. I don't want to give away the entire book. You must read it for yourself.

    • Brandon Weedon says:

      Great man Great bookThis is a testament of the African American Dream. I now have a new role model after reading this book.

    • Tony Smith says:

      AWESOME, one of my favorite all time reads

    • Ken Josef says:

      One of the best books I've ever read.

    • Godfrey says:

      I don’t think I aspire to be exactly like Reg Lewis, as he comes across as more mercurial and demanding of his subordinates than I’d like to be. I am though very happy he existed and enjoyed the fruits of his immense labors. His focus and fearlessness in life and commitment to social justice and racial equality were admirable as was his tenacity and willingness to be himself. He did his best to break racist stereotypes of what it takes and means to be successful and black not only in America [...]

    • Loveteiab says:

      EVERYONE should learn about Reginald Lewis and I’m quite upset I loved 30 plus years of my life and just learned of his legacy. The book was encouraging because it goes to show you don’t have to be the best or the smartest but with a discipline and a strong work ethic you can go far in life. My only dislike in this book that could also serve as a plus The people interviewed to create the book either loved him or hated him so we didn’t know Reginald side, he wasn’t alive to defend himself [...]

    • Ana says:

      Meh! I had high hopes for this book, but I found it to be poorly- written. I couldn’t get through the first few pages.

    • Raynelle Grace says:

      While this book wasn't "a fun" read, it definitely CHANGED MY LIFE! Reginald Lewis was not raised with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he allowed his passion and hunger to succeed fuel his ascent to billionaire status. Along the way, there were certainly plenty of folks (especially his peers) who did not support him; but, he focused on his goals, and achieved them nonetheless. Although I never had the chance to meet him, Reginald Lewis is certainly one of my newfound mentors. I'm using his succ [...]

    • primokush says:

      I am an innovative, passionate, and highly motivated entrepreneur, so I read this book to gleam some insight into the life and successes of Reginald F. Lewis. Today, I accept myself, but learn that I can grown more successful by absorbing the valuable lessons of his existence. I thank god, for creating such a sublime model for me to follow into Venture Capital. I concur with this quote from Bill Cosby about Lewis: "Reggie Lewis is to me, not was, is to me what Joe Louis is to me. What Jackie Rob [...]

    • Julius says:

      Not only have I read this book twice, (one of three books I have reread from cover to cover), but I have also gifted this book to several people. I also encourage it as a must read. If you have ever been told that you can't do something, this will provide the encouragement of one of my favorite sayings: No doesn't mean no, it just means not right now. There are two books that I always encourage people to read. This is one of them. The other is The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.Reginald F. Le [...]

    • Maya Rock says:

      Kind of thin and superficial, this book is the story of this guy, a lawyer, who made a lot of money by taking over companiesis book made it seem like guts were a lot more important than smarts in making this kind of thing work. Anyway I felt like you basically got a very good picture of this workaholic, savvy driven guy and the pluses and minuses of that attitude. Then he dies fairly young. I don't know, there was something raw and lovable about this.

    • Terrell says:

      I know the book sounds a little racy, but this book personifies the attitude that an African American Man has to have when it comes to building a Billion Dollar Business. I learned that Reginald Lewis had to step back twice and reorganize his plan before he moved forward with the purchase of McCall Patterns, the JV Agreement with Brook Shields, and his relationship with the Junk Bond King. This was done in the 70's and 80's without a Black President what can we do now?

    • Candelaria Silva says:

      Mr. Lewis was the first Black billionaire I believe and quite a business leader. He made substantial gift to Harvard University. His life was cut unfortunately short by brain cancer. When he died, there was some theorizing that his heavy use of cellphones was to blame.His wife has carried on his legacy and created scholarships in his honor and a few other iniatives.

    • Deshawn says:

      As an HBCU graduate (NSU) and fellow Nupe, I enjoyed this read. Bro Lewis' dedication, boldness, and courage to exceed the normality in all aspects of his career is definitely something to look up to.

    • Shirley says:

      Great read.

    • Paul Brunson says:

      My favorite!

    • Fawaz Ghanem says:

      One of the best books I've ever read

    • Shavar Ross says:

      Loved this book. Changed my way of thinking about business in a lot of ways.

    • Yohance says:

      Inspirational and moving, a true pioneer of his time for African American students of business. Definitely a book that I will revisit from time to time.

    • Stanley Griggs says:

      Reginald F. Lewis - Catalyst of motivation to achieve.

    • Tommy T. says:

      The book is a "game changer" in my life!

    • Kathy says:

      Excellent story of a Black Man from the inner city that became the owner and CEO of Beatrice Foods. I often wonder what else he would have done if he hadn't died too soon.

    • Lori Grant says:

      A should-read book on entrepreneurial success stories for the knowledge worker or aspiring entrepreneur.

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