When I was 22 years old, I read an article stating that Vietnam produced more millionaires per day than any other country on Earth. So, I bought a plane ticket and moved there.
I met a lot of cool and interesting people while living there.
Additionally, I got a good picture of what actual money is like.
I’m not talking about Millionaire Next Door wealth where couples drive a used car and index fund for 30 years. I’m referring to people who went from no electricity or running water to driving Lamborghinis — all in the span of one generation.
Since then, I’ve lived in other countries and noticed similar trends in how the local aristocracy behaves and makes their money.
And in today’s article, I want to share these insights with you.
“Behind Every Great Fortune Lies A Great Crime”
Self-help and personal finance books perpetuate the idea that wealthy people are exemplars of the the Protestant work ethic.
In realty, a lot of people become rich through their capacity for violence.
Mobsters are very common throughout Asia.
And in Mexico (where I’m currently located) there are a lot of small cities with Gucci stores, expensive marinas, and fancy restaurants — many of which are funded by crime.
Even America’s first millionaire, John Jacob Astor, smuggled opium.
This might seem like a weird way to start an article, but the Internet’s cult of wealth worship completely ignores crime or dumb luck.