The Richest Man in Babylon

Someone once said: “Common sense is not necessarily common knowledge.”

I highly recommend this book for some light reading over the holiday weekend. I first read it back in 2001 and have since reread it several times. It provides great wisdom from such a small and simple book.

The Richest Man in Babylon
by George S. Clason

From Wikipedia:
“The Richest Man in Babylon is a book by George Samuel Clason which dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. Through their experiences in business and managing household finance, the characters in the parables learn simple lessons in financial wisdom. By basing these parables in ancient times, but involving situations that modern people can understand and identify with, the author presents these lessons as timeless wisdom that is as relevant today as it was back then.

The book began in 1926 as a series of informational pamphlets. Banks and insurance companies began to distribute these pamphlets, and the most famous ones were eventually compiled into this book. It was most recently reissued by Signet in 2004, and an updated version (using modern English instead of “King James” language) was issued by BN Publishing in March 2007. According to the 2002 edition book cover, more than two million copies have been sold.”


  • Foreword
  • The Man Who Desired Gold
  • The Richest Man In Babylon
  • Seven Cures For A Lean Purse
  • Meet The Goddess Of Good Luck
  • The Five Laws Of Gold
  • The Gold Lender Of Babylon
  • The Walls Of Babylon
  • The Camel Trader Of Babylon
  • The Clay Tablets From Babylon
  • The Luckiest Man In Babylon
  • An Historical Sketch Of Babylon


  1. I agree, great reading, just good common business sense. I also highly recommend for anyone with teenagers…… have them read it before they leave the house 🙂

  2. Chris that is really funny you mentioned this book today, I just wrote about it as well on my blog in a favorites list on investing. Wild man, and I couldn’t agree more, it is amazing.

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