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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About the Author
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 investment 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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Who Says Talk Is Cheap? 1
Chapter 2 The Big Three to the Rescue 7
Chapter 3 The Prince of Apopka 13
Chapter 4 Death and a Kidnapping 23
Chapter 5 Magnificent, Mysterious Lady B. 33
Chapter 6 Engineering a New Existence 43
Chapter 7 Europe on Five Dollars a Day 51
Chapter 8 “Ed, We’re Already Doing Okay!” 57
Chapter 9 A Famished Lion in a Butcher Shop 69
Chapter 10 The Height of Duplicity and Betrayal? 79
Chapter 11 A Window on the Top 1 Percent 91
Chapter 12 Pulling the Trigger on Investments 105
Chapter 13 Swimming with Sharks 121
Chapter 14 Aren’t You That Financial Guy From TV? 131
Chapter 15 Walking a Racial Tightrope 141
Chapter 16 “Go For It, Dad!” 145
Chapter 17 Everyone’s Medical Nightmare 155
Chapter 18 My Biggest Business Mistake 163
Chapter 19 A Horror Movie without Sound 171
Chapter 20 The Art and Science of Stock Picking 177
Chapter 21 “God, I Owe You One!” 181
Chapter 22 Impressive Progress, Baffling Lethargy 185
Chapter 23 To Heir Is Human 191
Chapter 24 Anyone Care for a Can of New Coke? 197