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Where do billionaires come from?

Qualities like grit and focus can be as important as going to the right school or having the right parents.

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Mr Bill Gates and Mr Warren Buffett (above) at a New York event this year. Both are said to be avid readers. Mr Gates' father said recently his son devoured all kinds of books as a boy, including encyclopedias and science fiction.

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Mr Elon Musk (above) of SpaceX is also reportedly a voracious reader.

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Mr Richard Branson (above) said his father taught him the importance of dreaming big and instilled in him a desire for excellence.

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The booming technology sector has minted many of the recent self-made titans including Alibaba's Mr Jack Ma (above) and Mr Travis Kalanick of Uber.

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The booming technology sector has minted many of the recent self-made titans including Alibaba's Mr Jack Ma and Mr Travis Kalanick of Uber (above).

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Mr Hill's book became a self-help guide for everyday Americans seeking great wealth. But the egalitarian notions seem to ring hollow on many levels now.

IN THE early 20th century, a young journalist named Napoleon Hill embarked on the assignment of a lifetime.

Mr Hill set out to study hundreds of the nation's most successful people and write a book about how they became so accomplished.

He spent two decades analysing the life

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