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Summary

Billionaire entrepreneur, distinguished public servant, and father of a former governor and presidential candidate, Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., has been very fortunate in life. The company he founded in 1970, the Huntsman Corporation, is now one of the largest petrochemical manufacturers in the world, employing more than 12,000 people and generating over $10 billion in revenue each year. Success in business, though, has always been a means to an end - never an end in itself.

In Barefoot to Billionaire, Huntsman revisits the key moments in his life that shaped his view of faith, family, service, and the responsibility that comes with wealth. He writes candidly about his brief tenure in the Nixon administration, which preceded the Watergate scandal but still left a deep impression on him about the abuse of power and the significance of personal respect and integrity. He also opens up about his faith and prominent membership in the Church Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But most importantly, Huntsman reveals the rationale behind his commitment to give away his entire fortune before his death. In 1995, Huntsman and his wife Karen founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute and have since dedicated more than a billion dollars of their personal funds to the fight for a cure. They don't plan to stop giving until the battle is won.

In this increasingly materialistic world, Barefoot to Billionaire is a refreshing reminder of the enduring power of traditional values.

©2014 Jon Huntsman Sr. (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

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  • Curtis Fuller
  • 01-05-16

Very Interesting

I found this book very interesting. A true tale of poverty, success, generosity, & faith.

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  • Rusty
  • 12-11-15

Super Insightful

This was a great matter of facts book. I enjoyed the way he told his life story. Fascinating for me to hear different negotiating ways and his desire to assist others. Great listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-18

inspirational

awesome book awesome man.was a pleasure to read.nice to read about a man with integrity

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-03-18

The book is great, the Audible audio book is not!

There are issues downloading the file and it cannot be read.No matter how many times you follow instructions on how to improve download, nothing happens.I have only managed to listen to 2 chapters then it stopped.Is it because it's my first from Audible and it's free?!?

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  • Canyon86
  • 17-02-18

Fascinating life

Huntsman was one ballsey dude. I was blown away at the risks he took. Very inspiring.

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  • Bill Redfield
  • 17-02-18

A Life Well Lived

Wow, he seemed to have accomplished a lot in his life time. Rising to the occasion each and every time with the highest regard and reproach of integrity, humility and trustworthiness second to none. I can only hope .....

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  • NPAE
  • 07-04-17

Great

Great autobiography of a great man. Worth taking the time to listen to. Split into 2 sections. Business and personal.

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  • D. Cook
  • 24-03-16

He's one cocky individual

He loves to tell you how awesome he and his kids are. At the same time anyone who didn't agree with him he throws them under the bus. It's pretty sad.

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