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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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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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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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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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Superb book

Enjoyed the book all the way, everybody who needs to go to business/stock market must read this book

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Recipe to success

Good read with valuable insights into the journey and consistent success of few well known corporates.

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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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amazing book

nice to read to understand most in depth. I recommend it to all who wants to learn how few companies made it big

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Nice book

A book that provides insights into how companies have proven successful over time. Valuable lessons offered.

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A must for every investor in Indian Stock Market

This book has really opened my eyes & ears. This has given a direction how to make a good profile of stocks rather than going here & there. A must for any investors in Indian Stock Market.

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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
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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