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Beating the Odds: Eddie Brown's Investing and Life Strategies

ISBN: 978-0-470-93662-7
240 pages
May 2011
Beating the Odds: Eddie Brown
Beating the Odds is the improbable, inspiring autobiography of financial guru Eddie C. Brown, one of the nation's top stock pickers and money managers. It details how Brown skillfully kept Brown Capital Management afloat through the dot-com bust, 9/11 and the Great Recession. Born to a 13-year-old unwed mother in the rural South, this African-American investment whiz created a Baltimore-based financial firm that amassed more than $6 Billion under management.

Brown delves into the profound heartbreak and disorientation upon the death of his beloved grandmother – who was his surrogate mother -- and recounts how Brown's moonshine-running Uncle Jake subsequently became the dominant adult figure in Brown's life. His unflinchingly honest, easy-to-read memoir details how intellectual curiosity, abiding self-belief, hard work and divine providence helped Brown earn an electrical engineering degree, become an Army officer, and later a civilian IBM engineer. Readers will learn of the strife that ensued when Brown quit IBM to earn an MBA, leading to investment jobs that prepared him to start his own money management company in 1983.

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Prologue.

Chapter 1 Who Says Talk Is Cheap?

Chapter 2 The Big Three to the Rescue.

Chapter 3 The Prince of Apopka.

Chapter 4 Death and a Kidnapping.

Chapter 5 Magnifi cent, Mysterious Lady B.

Chapter 6 Engineering a New Existence.

Chapter 7 Europe on Five Dollars a Day.

Chapter 8 "Ed, We're Already Doing Okay!"

Chapter 9 A Famished Lion in a Butcher Shop.

Chapter 10 The Height of Duplicity and Betrayal?

Chapter 11 A Window on the Top 1 Percent.

Chapter 12 Pulling the Trigger on Investments.

Chapter 13 Swimming with Sharks.

Chapter 14 Aren't You That Financial Guy From TV?

Chapter 15 Walking a Racial Tightrope.

Chapter 16 "Go For It, Dad!"

Chapter 17 Everyone's Medical Nightmare.

Chapter 18 My Biggest Business Mistake.

Chapter 19 A Horror Movie without Sound.

Chapter 20 The Art and Science of Stock Picking.

Chapter 21 "God, I Owe You One!"

Chapter 22 Impressive Progress, Baffl ing Lethargy.

Chapter 23 To Heir Is Human.

Chapter 24 Anyone Care for a Can of New Coke?

Epilogue.

Index.

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Eddie C. Brown is founder and President of Brown Capital Management, a Baltimore-based financial services firm that has amassed more than $6 billion under management and is one of the country's oldest African-American-owned invest-ment firms.

Blair S. Walker is a former USA Today financial journalist who's an acclaimed novelist, as well as the writer behind Wiley's bestselling Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire.

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May 04, 2011
Beating the Odds; Eddie Brown's Investing and Life Strategies

Against a backdrop of U.S. banks and investment houses collapsing and corrupt investors improperly handling financier funds, Eddie Brown, founder and President of Brown Capital Management, has routinely eschewed shortcuts, undue risk and questionable dealings, creating one of the country's oldest African American-owned investment firms. The life and journey that brought Brown to this success is an inspirational journey of overcoming overwhelming odds stacked against him to become one of the nation's most revered financial superstars.

In a wealth-building primer and an improbable, inspiring autobiography all in one, Beating the Odds; Eddie Brown's Investing and Life Strategies details Brown’s upbringing with a loving and supportive family, his steps into the world of finance, how he skillfully kept Brown Capital Management afloat through the dot-com bust, 9/11 and the Great Recession to become a financial guru and one of the nation’s top stock pickers and money managers.

Born to a 13-year-old unwed mother in the rural South, this investment whiz’s career began as a moonshine runner, plying the back roads of Central Florida in a souped-up Ford pickup. Brown details how he went on to become an electrical engineer and highly regarded IBM technocrat, a vice president and star portfolio manager with T. Rowe Price, a media celebrity, and finally head of Brown Capital Management, one of the most successful financial services firms in the United States.

Among the fascinating cast of characters readers will meet in Beating the Odds are Eddie's beloved grandmother, Mamie Magdalene Brown, his charismatic Uncle Jake, a natural-born entrepreneur who taught the young Eddie Carl the value of personal initiative and a desire to become the master of his own financial destiny. Readers will also be introduced to the colorful financial commentator Louis Rukeyser, on whose show, “Wall $treet Week”, Eddie rose to prominence as the country's first African American financial celebrity.

Beating the Odds is an unflinchingly honest, easy-to-read memoir detailing how intellectual curiosity, abiding self-belief, hard work and divine providence helped Brown grow throughout his professional and personal life. Readers will learn of the strife that ensued when Brown quit IBM to earn an MBA, leading to investment jobs that prepared him to start his own money management company in 1983. Brown also delves into how he built his company into a financial giant that has amassed more than $6 billion and the source of his uncanny ability to spot growth stocks well in advance of the markets, and the development of GARP (growth at a reasonable price), the guiding investment philosophy behind Brown Capital Management.

This remarkable true story of how one man overcame poverty to attain the pinnacle of business success, Beating the Odds is inspiring reading not just for business readers, but for everyone who believes that a person's ambition should always be as big as his or her dreams.

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