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The Unusual Billionaires

Written by: Saurabh Mukherjea
Narrated by: Gaurav Marwa
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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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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interesting viewpoint

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

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Captivating

Great insight in context of Indian companies and work environment. Enjoyed understanding many small but important points.

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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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great book

Only Indian writer (I am aware of) explains investment philosophy so well. Enjoyed listening to the book. Big thumbs up 👌 to Gaurav Marwa.

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LONG TERM INVESTMENT

Extremely helpful to build up an investment strategy and prepare a portfolio for long term. This book gives a clear idea about judging any stock for investment purposes. Thank you so much.

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one of the great book

giving really brilliant perspective on how great Indian companies able to make big . IBAS framework. is explain remarkable . last chapter is great summary

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best book to know about Indian corporate houses

it is a very thorough research of these guys it was worked hard in collecting the data policing it properly and presenting it even much better than that I have never seen any white paper on Indian corporate companies better than this

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Good insights but not great writing

The insights on identifying long term winners and what drove success of these 7 companies was useful. however, lot of content was repetitive and could have been presented more crisply.

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Great book if you want to learn about business

I loved the way it was researched and written. One can learn a lot about running a successful business.

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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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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