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What makes a company truly outstanding?

What is the secret sauce of delivering successful results year-on-year?

What is common to Asian Paints, HDFC Bank, Marico, Axis Bank, Hindustan Unilever and Berger Paints?

They are Unusual Companies, built by Unusual Billionaires. The Unusual Billionaires tells the story of eight, truly outstanding companies which delivered 10 percent revenue growth over the last 10 years and 15 percent return on capital employed. In simple words, these companies defeated 5000 other public listed companies to deliver high growth while maintaining profitability year-on-year for the last decade. How did these companies do it? Why couldn’t this be reciprocated by other companies? What are they doing differently?

Saurabh Mukherjea, best-selling author of Gurus of Chaos, delivers an outstanding book with lessons to learn from these eight businesses. Mukherjea tells you why focusing on the core business could save a company’s life or how giving control to top management could be a boon. Packed with these learnings are riveting corporate stories of how Hindustan Unilever made aggressive bids to buy Mariwala’s business, but had to sell it to the same company in a few years, or how Page Industries found an exciting way to stop unionization at their manufacturing units. It also includes the turnaround of Axis Bank and the boardroom coup that led to its chairman’s downfall, and how Vijay Mallya lost control of Asian Paints to the Dhingra Brothers.

These and many more makes this book a mandatory read for all corporate leaders to simulate and implement.

©2016 Saurabh Mukherjea (P)2018 Random House Audio

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I wish I read this book 3 years ago!

My understanding of the stock markets have grown immensely listening to Saurabh Mukherjea. Somehow missed this book earlier , anyways Thanks to Audible I now went through it & can't be more grateful. Will be listening to it 2nd time soon !! What a treasure , all tje case studies .The checklist at the end is GOLD.

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interesting viewpoint

well explained, giving examples for each selected company. useful for investors and students alike. great.

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Excellent Book on how to identify good companies for investment

Excellent book on how to find good companies for long term investment, coffee can portfolio
Case study for 7 companies were detailed
Gained so much knowledge listening to the book

Must read or listen

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Saurabh at his best....

Good book with lot of insight into brand building and struggles that organizations face to come up, enjoyed listening in audible.

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A Great Insight about Billionaires

Nicely narrated. A great insight on how successful people think about growing their business long term.

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A beautiful book

Lovely audible. Loved every chapter. A must for all investors investing for the long term.

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Great book to understand monopolies and moat

Not only understood the working and making of monopolies but also how organization can leverage technology to upscale business. Probably our generation should find companies that have started taking advantages of future big technologies like Asian paints did it in case of data science and prediction model.

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Compounding

One of the best book in context of Indian stock market. Compound your wealth while investing in those champion franchises.

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As the name suggests The Unusual Billionaires

We always want to know who are the real winners, what is the reason behind their win, what is the differentiator from their competitors. This book has so many insights. anyone who wants to understand about success mantras must read this and such hidden gems...

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Good book

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  • Rajesh
  • 26-09-20

Had to return it...Just 1.5 chapter into it

This is a disastrous narration. Swallowing punctuation, skipping necessary pauses, and making it sound like one big paragraph. Hated it.

Also, the first chapter on Asian Paints did not make me go oh Aha or anything like that. I almost started the chapter on Berger Paints before I returned it. The content was as uninteresting as the narration. I think Mukherjea published his research papers in a book form. Does not help folks like me

Do not waste your credit on this one.

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  • Philip
  • 02-08-20

Good selection of Indian companies

Interesting insights on companies from different industries with good analysis of their performance, but some parts are repetitive