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James Rogers (jamesr@best.com)
Sun, 13 Dec 1998 20:26:21 -0800

At 02:37 PM 12/13/98 -0500, Michael Lorrey wrote:
>The page he referred to also considered economic mobility to be under that
>It is true, its easy for a hardworking person who has a couple ounces of
brains to
>play things right and become wealthy. My older brother dropped out of one
of the
>state colleges, and started mowing lawns with one push lawn mower, about
10 years
>ago. Now he has a business worth almost a million, managing the
maintenance for
>around 40 condo/ apartment complexes and doing all sorts of landscaping. He
>expects to retire before age 40. He works 12-16 hour days almost every
day, and
>has 15-20 employees.

Most people don't realize that 60-70% of the millionaires in the US are "blue collar" workers. What's more, old wealth is fairly rare: 75% of all current millionaires in the US are self-made. The richest person in my family is a blue-collar (construction worker, no college) multi-millionaire who worked hard and started his own construction firm. Although he doesn't need to, he still works 70-80 hour work weeks out of habit.

What I do find interesting is that most people who become millionaires are not the "white collar" professionals who make considerably more money than their blue collar counterparts. I suspect (and I believe studies have shown) that typical white collar lifestyles are not terribly conducive to saving the money required to become a millionaire, whereas middle to lower-middle class workers are habitually frugal and tend to save their money even when their incomes rise.

-James Rogers