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By Francis J. Greenburger

Prior to the real-estate increase of the Eighties, Francis J. Greenburger risked all of it to shop for 3 older loft structures at 50 West road close to the present Sep 11 Memorial. He eventually dreamed of 1 day erecting a powerful skyscraper of their position. yet catastrophe struck in 2008, simply as his plans have been coming jointly, and improvement got here to a screeching halt. the worldwide monetary situation had made the land essentially valueless and it might be years earlier than he may perhaps come again on target, yet he refused to renounce on his dream.

Today, 50 West is a remarkable 780-foot skyscraper with curved glass home windows that has turn into an iconic characteristic at the urban skyline—but it took even more than a monetary funding to get there. It required Greenburger to do what he does best—take large hazards at each turn.

During his parallel careers, Francis J. Greenburger has made publishing and real-estate historical past. even if risking the popularity of his service provider for the tremendous -star authors of day after today, equivalent to James Patterson to Dan Brown, or pioneering the recent York co-op marketplace by means of taking “hopeless” houses and turning them into prized houses, he has effectively navigated the worlds of commercial, politics, and social swap to turn into the necessary American entrepreneur.

A math and enterprise prodigy who got to work for his father on the age of 12. After a stop–and-start educational profession, he voluntarily left essentially the most elite and academically special long island urban excessive colleges and commenced his grownup existence at 15. Greenburger has made it his life’s paintings to discover worth the place others by no means inspiration to appear, and his prepared instincts and leading edge ideas have taken him from a high-school "dropout" to a well-educated self-made billionaire.

Francis has mastered the "risk game." Now, with Rebecca Paley’s gripping prose, he's taking us backstage in Risk Game and divulges firsthand how he has develop into a self-made strength within the aggressive international of latest York actual estate—and a champion for nonprofit corporations within the fields of paintings, schooling, and, such a lot lately, social and legal justice.

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Risk Game: Self Portrait of an Entrepreneur

Sooner than the real-estate growth of the Eighties, Francis J. Greenburger risked all of it to shop for 3 older loft structures at 50 West highway close to the present 11th of September Memorial. He finally dreamed of 1 day erecting an impressive skyscraper of their position. yet catastrophe struck in 2008, simply as his plans have been coming jointly, and improvement got here to a screeching halt.

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