The Middle-Class Millionaire: The Rise of the New Rich and How They Are Changing America

Russ Alan Prince, Author, Lewis Schiff, Author
Russ Alan Prince, Author, Lewis Schiff, Author . Doubleday $24.95 (228p) ISBN 978-0-385-51927-4
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Sandwiched between the rich and the middle class are 8.4 million American households with a net worth between $1 million and $10 million. Prince and Schiff present intriguing statistical nuggets from their survey of 586 “middle-class millionaire” households. Although these people may be rich by most definitions, many were raised middle class, earned rather than inherited their wealth and still retain middle-class values. Comparing the responses of middle-class millionaires to middle-class households with less than $1 million net worth, Prince and Schiff determine that middle-class millionaires work harder, suffer more setbacks, choose homes for quality schools rather than convenience to work or shopping and have larger social networks. Unfortunately, these statistics are difficult to interpret without information about differences in age, family size, income, career and location. The book offers something for those who yearn to join the middle-class millionaires or move up among their ranks, especially entrepreneurs with business plans for this population, who are heavily profiled in these pages. Despite the breezy writing style, readers looking for a rigorous economic analysis will be disappointed. (Jan. 15)

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