1. Pick a field where you can establish a monopoly – such as Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim who from 2010-2013 was ranked the richest person in the world after taking control of the country’s entire telecommunications market.
2. Expand as quickly as possible – Amazon has eschewed early profitability to becoming the “everything shop” and as a result investors have poured money in.
3. The worst place to do business is really the best – it is easier to dominate emerging markets due to the lack of competition and potential for growth.
4. Take risks with other people’s money – do all you can to encourage investors and then gamble their money rather than your own.
5. To get rich you need to own your own business and property rights – Bill Gates’s Microsoft at one point had a 95 per cent share of the operating systems market, protected by intellectual property rights.
6. Spin complex laws into gold – set up in industries bound by such convoluted regulation – for example agricultural subsidies and banking regulation - that it is easy to bend the rules as nobody understands [them] anyway.
7. Establish business networks – telecoms networks and shipping networks have created a lot of billionaires’ fortunes as they can squeeze out all competition.
No. 6 is my favourite...
Generally that's all about Private Enterprise, not Free Enterprise.
Tuesday, 7 July 2015