A number of authors such as Malcolm Gladwell and Thomas Friedman are perennials on the bestseller lists because readers believe they will tell them how to get rich via breakthrough concepts like the World Is Flat and the Tipping Point. And Tom Friedman is indeed enormously rich, much richer even than Malcolm Gladwell. Tom and Ann Friedman live in:
"a palatial 11,400-square-foot house, now valued at $9.3 million, on a 7½-acre parcel just blocks from I-495 and Bethesda Country Club," according to the July 2006 issue of the Washingtonian magazine.
So, what cutting-edge business concept did Friedman use to get so ungodly rich? Sure, his bestsellers and his personal appearances would have made him wealthy, but not zillionaire rich like this. So, what was his 21st Century Globalized Flat World secret?
Well, he got rich a very old fashioned way: he married well. His wife, whom he married in 1978, is the daughter of billionaire shopping mall developer Matthew Bucksbaum. The Bucksbaum family wealth is estimated at $2.7 billion.