I’m stepping away from my usual France-related books to discuss one of my favorite financial guides: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko. While discussing finances is a major faux-pas in French culture, I cannot recommend this book enough – in fact, I’ve often talked off the ears of various friends and relatives!
The premise of the book is that while we have a certain image in our head of what a millionaire looks like, that image is very likely wrong and is based on the super-rich (think Hollywood A-Listers). Rather, the average millionaire tends to live below his or her means: a ranch home in the suburbs, a 5-year old Toyota truck, jeans and a work shirt. In other words, they look like your average middle class homeowner.