The Richest Man In Babylon: The Success Secrets Of The Ancients by George S. ClasonThe Richest Man In Babylon: The Success Secrets Of The Ancients by George S. Clason

The Richest Man In Babylon: The Success Secrets Of The Ancients

byGeorge S. Clason

Paperback | June 30, 1989

Pricing and Purchase Info

$14.25 online 
$17.00 list price save 16%
Earn 71 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


“I first read The Richest Man in Babylon many years ago. Its philosophy worked for me then, and it will work now for anyone with the good sense to stick to it. I think it ought to be read by every young man or woman with ambition to make something of life.”—Van Allen Bradley, Chicago Daily News

Millions of readers have become familiar with George S. Clason’s famous “Babylonian parables” through the distribution of these success secrets of the ancients by banks, insurance companies, investment houses, and employers. Acclaimed as the greatest of all inspirational works on the subject of thrift and financial planning, these fascinating and informative stories have become a modern classic in their field. In language as simple as that of the Bible, this book presents a sure path to prosperity and happiness. It offers an understanding of—and a solution to—your personal financial problems which will guide you successfully through a lifetime. The Richest Man in Babylon is a book you will want to read yourself, recommend to friends, and give to young people just starting out in life.
George Samuel Clason was born in Louisiana, Missouri, on November 7th, 1874. He attended the University of Nebraska and served in the United States Army during the Spanish-American War. A successful businessman, he founded the Clason Map Company of Denver, Colorado and published the first road atlas of the United States and Canada. In ...
Title:The Richest Man In Babylon: The Success Secrets Of The AncientsFormat:PaperbackPublished:June 30, 1989Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0452267250

ISBN - 13:9780452267251

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

Look for similar items by category:


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant book. Simple saving and investing concepts are expressed - as parables - to the reader, avoiding the more complex financial terminology of today's world. If you've not started on your path to financial stability, then this book will help set your foundation. This is one of those win-win books that should be part of a secondary school's required reading curriculum. Easy to read, easy to write a report about, and easy to apply to every day life. Students would benefit a lot from a book like this
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read It tells you how to save money and get rich in the most simple yet interesting stories. Would recommend to anyone in general because its a great read, but more specifically to anyone who interested in finance.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Motivating Read Helpful read and gives you a different perspective on wealth creation
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Helpful read This book provides a very simple method for accomplishing your financial goals.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very helpful book I bought this book as a recommendation on a list by Jim Rohn. It contains no-nonsense, common sense principles on building your wealth, which anybody can and should implement, told by people in Ancient Babylon. I guess some things never change!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A different style for learning finances This is probably the most simple of the financial planning books I've read. The methods for making money explained in this book are essentially: saving ten percent for yourself, not investing/wasting money through irresponsible people, paying off debts, investing through smart options, and finding something that you do well and make money with that skill. This wasn't my favourite financial planning book but I did like how it was simple, some people would prefer this book compared to one with more complex information, research, statistics, etc. A lot of the suggestions are repeated in this book in each tale so if you don't catch it once, don't worry the author reinforces it later. I also did like the way it was set up in lessons being mixed into short tales. I can't say that I necessarily liked the style of writing but as this book was written many, many, MANY years ago and that was the language of the time, I can't complain. Definitely a different way to learn how to manage your money. Can't say it was my kind of read but I would suggest it to those seeking a money book that will not overwhelm the reader.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Richest Man in Babylon This book uses parables to illustrate how to get a grip on your finances.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tried and True Path to Riches George Clason's book "The Richest Man in Babylon" should be read by all investors. First published in 1926, the book is a classic, and reminds us that the path to riches is based on some very basic but sound principles rather than on the "New, New Thing" (as Michael Lewis chronicles) or the latest hot stock or industry sector (for example technology, commodities, or housing). The prose can be a bit archaic, partly by design as the parables are set in Babylonian times, and partly because it was written almost a century ago. That a book this old still offers sound guidance is in fact one of the important lessons - lessons that should be especially relevant to today's stock market investors, real estate speculators and those financing their lifestyles through home equity lines of credit. Clason's wisdom is encapsulated in seven lessons: start thy purse to fattening; control thy expenditures; make thy gold multiply; guard thy treasures from loss; make thy dwelling a profitable investment; insure a future income; and increase thy ability to earn. Each lesson is covered through anecdotes and parables, and the book's short length makes it an easy read over one or two sittings. Others have provided similar guidance over the years, perhaps none so well as Canadian author David Chilton with his "Wealthy Barber" book. Chilton covers a broader range of topics (e.g. life insurance) over more pages and in a more contemporary fashion, but his basic message is still the same. Read this original book and be reminded that the true path to riches is within everyone's grasp. The path isn't found on-line in analysis of companies' regulatory filings, or by expanding one's credit lines, or through games of chance such as lotteries, ponies or casinos. This book deserves to be read as a reminder that others before us, both in Clason's time and in Babylonian times achieved success through hard work, spending less than they earned, and investing in themselves.
Date published: 2010-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good read... The richest man in babylon is a good read for anyone from an invdividual just starting to get their financial situation in order, and a good reminder for those who already know all the principles. Each story is different which keeps the book interesting all the way. A quick read...but an instant classic
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting book This book does a great job of presenting information on how to better manage your finances. Instead of giving a hard boring lecture like university, it's methods are similar to those used for a bed time story; in short little stories that are easy to read.
Date published: 2007-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Richest Man in Babylon This is the original book based on the original series of pamphlets handed out by financial institutions over half a century ago but is still as tried and true and example of literature today as it was then. This series helped in reaching out to millions during difficult financial times and gave to them an easily understood version of how money can work for you. The power of compound interest and within the pages of this realatively short book a reliable formula, which can easily be used today just as it could always be used in past, for becoming wealthy. How over time your assets can be used to procure other assets and how, when used wisely, your money can grow, from even the most modest of incomes, into a great fortune over time. This book even gives you knowledge and a formula you can use to get out of debt and start building your fortune even while you are paying your debts back. This book would be my first suggestion for people who are just becoming interested in becoming financially independant, those who are struggling through life and those who are over burdened with debt because it is an easy read and gives easy to understand lessons which can be implemented by even the most financially inept of persons. A great and classic book.
Date published: 2005-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Richest Man in Babylon I wish I had read this book twenty years ago, but better late than never. It presents strategies for handling your finances in an entertaining fashion.Through the use of parables, it teaches the fundamentals of achieving financial freedom and security that were as prudent twenty-five hundred years ago as they are today. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to gain control of their financial affairs and thus , their lives.
Date published: 2000-10-16

Table of Contents

The Richest Man in Babylon Foreword
The Man Who Desired Gold
The Richest Man in Babylon
Seven Cures for a Lean Purse
Meet the Goddess of Good Luck
The Five Laws of Gold
The Gold Lender of Babylon
The Walls of Babylon
The Camel Trader of Babylon
The Clay Tablets from Babylon
The Luckiest Man in Babylon
An Historical Sketch of Babylon

From Our Editors

This book holds the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and making money earn more money.

Editorial Reviews

“I first read The Richest Man in Babylon many years ago. Its philosophy worked for me then, and it will work now for anyone with the good sense to stick to it. I think it ought to be read by every young man or woman with ambition to make something of life.”—Van Allen Bradley, Chicago Daily News"[Clason's] 1926 personal finance classic."—The Independent (UK)"Recently, several readers asked me for recommendations on books that introduce teenagers—and even pre-teens—to investing... My favorite, and one that I always mention, is The Richest Man in Babylon. Though published nearly 90 years ago, the financial advice dispensed by author George S. Clason will always be relevant to a new generation of readers. Set in ancient Babylon, the characters learn simple lessons about money and investing throughout the collection of short stories."—Steve Rosen, Chicago Tribune"Full of time-tested advice on saving and investing."—Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post