Wednesday, May 02, 2012
BILLIONAIRES CAN BE NICE GUYS TOO!
We often think that billionaires behaviorally are from a different planet than the rest of us mere mortals. Dennis Washington is a rags to riches story. In 1964 he started by borrowing money to enter into the construction industry with one bulldozer ... and he took some risks along the way to build on his successes. He made his money the old fashioned way from hard work, risk and brilliant decision making. His company Washington Group International, is an mining and industrial giant that employs 40,000 people. He is a apparently a down to earth guy who means business and loves anything with a motor in it. He is a man who knows what he wants, a free spirit and one who it seems doesn’t suffer fools gladly. He invests in worthy charitable causes and he happens to have a very nice yacht that he has refit and customized at an estimated quarter billion dollars. He’s not saying what it costs so that’s why it’s a guess. Personable and not self absorbed, he seems like the guy next door – except perhaps much more driven. The kind of person that you’d like to chat with over the fence. Here’s an interesting video on his boat