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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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Must read for an indian investor

It has inspired me to invest in some good stocks which were previously not known or I dint trusted to be that good.. very deeply described journey of each company.
And lastly narrators voice and his narration is top notch which bind's till the end of the book

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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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passion and disciplined effort pays

if you are interested in share market ..or want to build a brand name and business ...you will enjoy it..

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Valuable insights on finding good companies


Saurabh Mukherjea has done a fabulous job and his knowledge shows in this book. What I liked about this book is the fact that how the author has not only given what according to him the FAE companies are, he has also laid down the methodology to identify such businesses in future in a manner that anyone can understand and implement. In a world where many investment books are based majorly on the US economy, this is a welcome change. It would have been even better if the author himself could have read/narrated this book but it's a great book nonetheless.

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Insightful

I loved the narration, it was very pleasent to hear specially when this is my 1st audiobook, but I struggled to finish it , i felt the story line could have been a little more intresting with personal insights into the various entrepreneurs covered in this narrative to make a new reader like me more intrested.

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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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good read thats it

It was writen kn a great reasearch into some of the top great companies of india. it is the quality of the book.
nice to read but some areas i am not interested so i skipped 2 chapeters

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only 1st and last chapters can be re-read.

only 1st and last chapters can be re-read.
only 1st and last chapters can be re-read.

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awesome book

I love to invest in stocks for long term. But hate too much technical details. In this book one of top investor Saurabh Mukherjea talks about 7 awesome companies. He tells his detailed analysis on all of them.

These 7 companies are gem and plan to invest 1 L per company per 10L.

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Very good but not excellent

For people like me who do not invest on tips but follow a very disciplined way of investing, to read continuously on these matters is an inescapable necessity. This book did pleasantly surprise me by its clear messages, methodical and researched selection of corporates and the hard work that the entire team has put in before this book must have seen the light of the day. Two short comings that I as a layman feel went against it was 1) Too much technical jargon to remember and 2) A maze of short forms to handle. Narration was good but after fifth chapter becomes monotonous and boring. Next time the author and his team can try two narrators - one lady and a gentleman, narrating chapters alternately. In summary, if you want to invest scientifically and not on knee-jerks, please read this book.

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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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Good selection of Indian companies

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