Hyundai Venue: Most Value For Money Variant

It’s been just weeks to the launch of the Hyundai Venue and the subcompact SUV is already proving to be a blockbuster for the Korean carmaker. Car buyers are excited about the new offering and it has bagged over 20,000 bookings so far. Despite being little late to the party, the Venue ticks many right boxes. In fact, its growing popularity in such a short span substantiates that. Over being India’s first connected car, it also packs-in a bundle of segment-first features. Then Hyundai is also offering the Venue in four trim levels [(E, S, SX, SX(O)] and with four dirvetrains, giving buyers a range of options to choose from. Among all variants, we tell you which all offer the most value for your money.

Hyundai Venue E S SX SX (O)
1.2 Kappa Petrol ₹ 6.50 lakh ₹ 7.20 lakh
1.0 Turbo Petrol ₹ 8.21 lakh ₹ 9.54lakh ₹ 10.60 lakh
1.0 Turbo Petrol Auto ₹ 9.35 lakh ₹ 11.10 lakh
1.4 U2 Diesel ₹ 7.75 lakh ₹ 8.45 lakh ₹ 9.78 lakh ₹ 10.84 lakh


Hyundai Venue Petrol 1.0-Litre Turbo Petrol 1.2-Litre
Displacement 1.0-Litre, Three-Cylinder Turbo 1.2-Litre, Four Cylinder
Max Power 118 bhp 82 bhp
Peak Torque 172 Nm 114 Nm
Transmission 6 Speed MT / 7-Speed DCT 5-Speed MT

Hyundai is offering the Venue in two petrol iterations. The base two variants (E and S) are equipped with the i20 sourced 1.2-litre, four-cylinder engine which puts out 82 bhp and 114 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Then there is the much talked about 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Turbo GDI engine which puts out an impressive 118 bhp and 172 Nm of peak torque. Now this engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission in the S, SX and SX (O) variant and gets a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) in the S and SX variant.

8bucatm8The Hyundai Venue petrol is offered with two engine options.
The 1.2-litre E and S variants are priced at ₹ 6.50 lakh and ₹ 7.20 lakh respectively but are bare basic. Along with the bluelink connected car feature, both variants also lack some must-have features like USB charging ports and Smartphone Connectivity Options (Android Auto And Apple CarPlay). The base E variant is offered even without an audio system, powered ORVMs, rear AC vents and luggage lamp among others.

mdj9ggigThe DCT SX variant of the Hyundai Venue is offered with some specific features seen on the SX(O) trim.

The SX and SX (O) trim is offered with the 1.0-litre Turbo engine, however, the DCT gearbox is only available in the S and SX trim. That said, priced at ₹ 11.11 lakh the SX with the DCT is the most expensive variant but also packs-in tons of features along with the bluelink connected car tech. For instance, the 8.4-inch touchscreen is an HD unit and comes with Arkamys sound system in the SX DCT variant as well along with the SX (O) petrol.

je9gunc8The SX (DCT Only) and SX(O) variants only get the Bluelink connected car tech.

Other Features in the SX DCT and SX(O) variant include USB charging, voice recognition, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, Front projector fog lamps, Auto headlamps, Projector headlamps with cornering function, LED daytime running lamps, Wing mirrors with turn indicators, LED tail-lamps, ESC, Wireless charging, Audio-video navigation, OE Telematics, Day/night auto internal mirror, Smart key with push-button start, Air purifier, Security System, Supervision cluster, Adjustable rear-seat headrests, Leather-wrapped gear knob & steering wheel, Leather Seats (Only in SX dual-tone), Height-adjustable driver’s seat, Power folding wing mirrors, Rear-camera display on Audio player, Cruise control, Powered Sunroof, Map lights, Automatic climate control with digital display, 8.0-inch display with Arkamys system, Shark-fin antenna.

o9rvogp4The SX DCT variant is ₹ 50,000 more expensive than the top-notch SX(O) 1.0-Litre MT variant.

In our opinion, the SX DCT petrol variant is a better choice over the top-notch SX (O) petrol variant for some reasons. At ₹ 10.60 lakh, the SX (O) variant is just ₹ 50,000 cheaper than the SX DCT variant. In terms of features you just get Rear-seat armrest with cup holders, Sliding centre armrest, 60:40-split rear seats and side and curtain airbags as extra over the SX DCT variant and to remind you, the SX (O) lacks the automatic transmission which is a relief in today’s city traffic conditions. The DCT also supports spirited driving to an extent, save for the bottom end lag which is typical of a 1.0-litre turbocharged motor.


Hyundai Venue Diesel 1.4
Displacement 1.4-litre, Four Cylinder
Max Power 89 bhp
Peak Torque 220 Nm
Transmission 6 Speed MT

q9t3a9j8The Hyundai Venue E and S variants are identical to the 1.2 Petrol E and S variants in terms of features.

The 1.4-litre diesel engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and is the only diesel drivetrain available. The engine develops 89 bhp and 220 Nm of peak torque across variants. So the pick here mainly depends on the features. The E and S variants are identical to the 1.2 petrol variants in terms of features and are priced at ₹ 7.75 and ₹ 8.45 lakh, respectively. Therefore, let’s straightaway move to the SX and SX(O) variants where the feature difference is quite some.


The Hyundai Venue Diesel gets the Bluelink Connected Car tech only in the top-end SX(O) Variant.

Yes! As we have already mentioned that the DCT unit is offered with some specific features which it borrows from the SX(O) variant, however, that’s not the case with diesel variants. For instance, the SX diesel lacks the HD display for the touchscreen and the bluelink connected car tech the Venue is known for. That means only the top-end Venue diesel is a connected car which itself is a very big reason to go for it. Other features which the 1.4 SX variant misses are chrome finish on door handles, air purifier, wireless phone charger, push-button start, Security System, Keyless Entry, Telematics on the inner rearview mirror, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Management Control and Hill Assist Control.

nmc00438The SX Variant of the Hyundai Venue is also offered in dual-tone colour option.

The 1.4 SX variant is priced at ₹ 9.78 lakh for the single tone roof variant whereas the 1.4 SX (O) variant is priced at ₹ 10.84 lakh and is ₹ 1.06 lakh more expensive. Agreed that the difference in prices is steep but considering the number of bells and whistles you get in the 1.4 SX (O) over the SX makes it worth the asking. Moreover, the added features are mechanical and not aftermarket accessories which can be installed later.

Also Read: Hyundai Venue Vs Rivals: Specification Comparison

881khvmgThe Hyundai Venue is the most feature loaded subcompact SUV on sale in India.

To put things better into perspective, if you are in the market for a subcompact SUV, the top end variant of no other model offers as many features as the Venue. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon at ₹ 9.99 lakh are just ₹ 85,000 cheaper while the Ford Ecosport at ₹ 11.90 lakh for the top-end 1.5 L Diesel S MT is ₹ 1.04 lakh expensive. Mahindra’s latest offering, the XUV300 W8(O) diesel on the other hand at Rs 11.99 lakh is ₹ 1.14 lakh more expensive over the diesel Venue top-end.


“Women believe it is not their job to manage money”

GettyImages-867773878Are women bad at finances? It can’t be, right. We know how deftly our grandmas, moms, aunts managed the household budgets. They even managed to surprise their family with some extra cash whenever the family needed money to take care of an unforeseen expense. Then why is it that many women proudly declare these days they are not good at managing money. We asked three women mutual fund advisors about their experiences – well, it confirms the stereotype that women typically don’t like to get involved in managing money. Read on

Deepali Sen, Founder, Srujan Financial Advisors:

We don’t see many women coming in with their spouses to take part in the family financial planning. The situation has improved in the last decade but we are still behind the time. Women who single-handedly take charge of the financial aspects are generally conservative. From my experience, most of these women are hesitant when it comes to taking big financial decisions. I believe that this comes from the deep-rooted traditional mindset that we are brought up with. We have seen our mothers not taking part in the finances of the house, even when they are the ones who manage the budget. A lot of men are also not comfortable with roping in their wives to such critical discussions. However, as a practice, I push all my male clients to bring their wives along. These women are generally unaware of even the obvious details with regard to money and that is quite scary.

Shifali Satsangee, Founder, FundsVedaa:

When I speak to women who generally come with their partners, I tell them to at least know the basics like where the husband has invested. You will be shocked to know that these women don’t even know about the bank accounts of their husband. The women who single-handedly manage their family finances are divorced, widowed or in some cases now- millennial single women. When these women enter this space after they are left to do it all by their self- they are overwhelmed. Until then they are complacent. The issue with most women, especially when I speak to these in non-metro cities, is that they believe it is not for them or it is not their job. They lack basic awareness about anything related to money matters. This has definitely to do with the kind of societal stereotypes and upbringing.

Nisreen Mamaji, Founder, MoneyWorks Financial Adivosrs:

Majority of the women clients who come to me either come with their spouses or are widowed or separated. There are the new generation women who are talking full charge of their financial lives but they are a minority. Most of the women that come here with their partners do not take interest in the financial part of things. I think this is to do with the kind of upbringing we get in this society. We see the males of the family taking financial decisions and that gets etched in our minds. There are women who are doing all by themselves and taking care of their husband’s financial issues as well, but that’s mostly because the husband is either out of town or not available. So, I think women can do it but because they think it is not for them, they end up becoming complacent. Also, the service providers do harass their customers with multiple calls etc and women generally want to stay away from such behaviour.

Feeling let down. Well, get inspired by these five women who manage their money on their own: 5 women mutual fund investors share their journey (and one of them invests to buy an electric car)


Paytm Money appoints Suresh Vasudevan as Chief Technology Officer

Paytm Money appoints Suresh Vasudevan as Chief Technology Officer

Paytm Money, the wholly owned subsidiary of One97 Communications Limited, has announced the appointment of Suresh Vasudevan as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Paytm Money is the online platform for mutual fund investments.

Talking about his selection, Suresh Vasudevan, CTO, Paytm Money said “I have been an early adopter of Paytm Money as a user; and admired the focus & passion with which the engineering team has built the product, and scaled it to its leadership position within just a few months of its launch. I am humbled to lead this team on the journey to build a world-class investment product for millions of Indians.”

Vasudevan will be based out of Bangalore and would lead the engineering and technology functions of Paytm Money. Before joining Paytm Money, Vasudevan had held a role of VP – Engineering with Paytm Mall.

Announcing the appointment on Twitter, Paytm Money said, “We’re thrilled to have Suresh on board as our Chief Technology Officer and scale to new heights together.”

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Prior to Paytm Money, Suresh Vasudevan worked with several startups and enterprise product companies across payments, e-commerce and fintech domains. He possesses over 20 years of experience in product development.

Suresh Vasudevan had also worked at Amazon India as the Head of Engineering for Alexa Skills Certification platform and Unicel Technologies as VP Engineering. He had also served in a leadership role at Sify and mChek.

Announcing the appointment of Suresh Vasudevan, Pravin Jadhav, Whole-time Director, Paytm Money said “We are very excited to welcome Suresh onboard as our Chief Technology Officer to lead our engineering teams. His rich experience across multiple technology & industry verticals would be of immense value to help build and scale our investment platform. Suresh will also be working on building Data Science and AI capabilities for Paytm Money as we continue focusing on automating our platform and building robo-advisory based investment products to ease the investment advice and decision-making process for our users”.


Money & relationships: What you should do if your husband doesn’t share financial details

Try to seek the help of a mediator if your husband is reluctant to share crucial financial information
Among married couples with a single earning partner, a skew often slips into the financial equation. If the husband takes care of everything, from earning and spending, to saving and investing, there is a tendency to dictate terms to the non-earning spouse. In some cases, the wife has to ask, remind or grovel for money every month to take care of household or personal expenses. In many marriages, the husband shares money, but not information regarding his salary, spending or investments. It is crucial for both the spouses not only to be in the loop when it comes to finances, but also be equal beneficiaries of wealth. If you are not, and are having trouble finding common ground, go through the following points to know what you should do.

1. Know your financial rights
A wife has the legal right to secure basic amenities and comfort—food, clothes, residence, education and medical treatment— for herself and her children from the husband. So, understand that as a homemaker, you should not have to ask your husband for money; he is bound by law to provide it to you. Also, the wife has a right to know the details of her husband’s salary, as per a 2018 ruling by the Madhya Pradesh High Court. This is important because the quantum of salary will provide clarity to the wife about how much money she can have for household and personal expenses.

2. Show interest, split financial responsibility
If your husband does not share financial information, it is possible that at the start of the relationship, you did not evince any interest in financial transactions. If you want to change the status quo, have a conversation about it with the spouse. It is important to not only display interest, but also split financial responsibilities as per your individual skills. If you are good with investments, take on the responsibility, leaving the tasks of earning and paying bills to the husband. If investing is not your forte, you could handle the household budget and payment of bills, leaving investments to the spouse.

3. Get this information
If the husband is not sharing information out of habit or laziness, not malice, make sure you seek it from him periodically. Both the partners should be in the know about important financial aspects because if one were to pass away, the other should not be left clueless. While it is not important that you communicate on a day-to-day basis, both should be on the same page when it comes to goals and budgeting. Make sure that you know the accounts and passwords of all online and offline saving and investment accounts. You should also know about the investments in your or your spouse’s name, and have access to original documents of all insurance policies, be it life, health, vehicle or house. Finally, ensure access to will and property documents, essential for smooth transition of assets.

4. If husband refuses
If you have tried to talk to your husband about the need to share crucial financial information, and he is reluctant to do so or refuses outright, try to seek the help of a mediator. This person can be a trusted confidant or older relative, respected by both spouses, who can help clear the impasse. If this doesn’t work, approach a financial adviser, who can take an objective and pragmatic stance on the need to share financial details. If this, too, fails, seek a marriage counseller as a last resort because the issues and fissures are clearly deeper, involving your marriage, not merely your finances.

All of us have been in a financial dilemma when it comes to relationships. How do you say no to a friend who wants you to invest in his new business venture? Should you take a loan from your married brother? Are you concerned about your wife’s impulse buying? If you have any such concerns that are hard to resolve, write in to us at [email protected] with ‘Wealth Whines’ as the subject.

Disclaimer: The advice in this column is not from a licensed healthcare professional and should not be construed as psychological counselling, therapy or medical advice. ET Wealth and the writer will not be responsible for the outcome of the suggestions made in the column.


Arguing about money? A finance expert says these 5 common mistakes could ruin your relationship

We learn about money in school, but not about how to talk about it — and yet, it’s one of the of biggest reasons why people argue in relationships.

One dynamic we often see in relationships is when one person is a spender, and the other is a saver. The spender might have years’ worth of credit card debt or student loans, while the saver might have good credit and minimal or no debt. When two people have opposing views on finances, it can easily lead to conflict.

The first (and most crucial) step to avoiding a relationship disaster is to simply talk about it. When that moment comes, make sure you avoid these five common mistakes:

1. Bad timing

Timing is everything. If one partner seems particularly stressed after work, it might not be the right time to bombard them with bills and deadlines. Finding the right time is crucial to have the most productive conversation. You know your partner better than anyone, so pick a time when you know they’ll be the most receptive. This will make the discussion more productive.

2. Talking about the wrong things

When couples argue over finances, it’s typically because of what hasn’tbeen discussed — plans that were not communicated, expectations that were not explained and assumptions that went unspoken. Simply addressing your concerns can prevent a lot of these arguments. While you might touch on some uncomfortable topics, it’ll hopefully lead to a deep and fruitful conversation about things like your hopes for the future, retirement goals, worries, dream splurges, and so on.

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3. Hiding and lying about money

According to a recent GOBankingRates survey, about a quarter of Americans lie to their partner about their finances. Needless to say, this can be a major source of contention. Whether it’s about your income, spending habits, credit score or income, when you lie to your partner, you’re also lying to yourself. The saying “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” doesn’t apply to a healthy financial relationship. Being honest with yourself and your partner is one of the easiest ways to avoid arguments and hurting each other’s feelings.

4. Being a crappy listener

What’s the point of having a conversation if you’re both distracted and constantly interrupting each other? Instead of making your partner feel defensive or argumentative, let them know you’re completely present. Make eye contact and put the phones away. Another tip is to repeat back what you heard to your partner from time to time. It shows that you’re paying attention and ensures that you understood them correctly.

5. Having a closed mind

We all value money differently. What one person considers a bargain, the other might call expensive. The goal isn’t to judge your partner’s actions and behaviors, it’s to have a clearer understanding of where they’re coming from. A discussion about money is a discussion about values. When you know what your partner values, you can be a bit more compassionate about their decisions. And sometimes, you can simply agree to disagree.


Now sign up for mutual fund SIPs on Paytm Money without paying upfront

Customers of Alibaba-backed Paytm, looking to invest in SIPs through its mutual fund (MF) investments platform Paytm Money will now have an option to start to their SIPs and pay the investment amount later under its new service Register SIP Now, Pay Later.

Paytm Money will send the SIP for registration to the asset management company (AMC) after the first successful payment for SIP in the MF scheme is made, the company said in a blog.

“With this new feature investors who wanted to invest via SIPs, but didn’t have funds at the time of registering, can now choose to make the payment when they have the required funds,” said Paytm Money whole-time director Pravin Jadhav in a statement.

More than 75% of investors on Paytm Money are opting for SIPs, the company said. The service is enabled across all MF schemes from all AMCs.

Paytm Money said that the amount will be automatically invested on scheduled SIP date for investors who have opted for auto-pay for their SIPs. Those choosing for UPI or Net Banking mode of payment will receive reminders for the same.

The company claimed to have acquired more than 1 million users in “few months” of its launch to become the “largest platform for MF investments in India.”

Last month, Paytm had said that its users would now be able to track the performance of their mutual fund investments on its subsidiary portal Paytm Money for free.

Paytm Money claimed to have partnered with 34 asset management companies covering over 94% AUM of the mutual fund industry.

Paytm’s mutual fund arm operates from Bengaluru and has a team of over 250 members Paytm Money, which aims to become a full-stack investment and wealth management services company, offer users mutual fund investments starting with Rs 100 via systematic investment plan or lump sum mode.

The company is also reportedly planning to expand into lending and credit cards services.

Paytm, recently ventured into hotel booking space by acquiring hotel booking app NightStay. It also announced investment of over Rs 500 crore for scaling its operations and expanding its portfolio, the company said.



Why you don’t always need money to start a business

Online platforms serve as a perfect place for trial and error as your business develops. Getty

We hear the conversation over and over again: how it’s expensive to start a business, or find investor funding, and how those factors continue to discourage entrepreneurs in the Middle East. I don’t disagree with that.

Depending on the business you want to start, funding could be a make-or-break factor. If you want to start a restaurant, then, yes, you need a substantial amount of money, in addition to training, marketing expertise and lots of market research. But it shouldn’t be always the case.

When I first ventured into entrepreneurship nine years ago, I rarely heard young people aspire to become entrepreneurs or consider entrepreneurship a viable career path. The words “businessman” or “businesswoman” were more common, and also a limited sort of business that one would venture into. A lot of those businessmen or businesswomen pursued a career in the family’s business or brought in franchises from abroad. We didn’t yet have a speciality coffee craze, home-grown burger joints, or even many local fashion labels. But that’s not the situation any more.

Entrepreneurs also don’t necessarily wait until they graduate from school or college to start a career and their own businesses, and online platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have saved entrepreneurs a lot of money.

Home-grown labels are the big thing now. Emirati teenage entrepreneur and social-media sensation Rashed Belhasa is a great textbook example. He founded fashion label Money Kicks, which is stocked in leading retail outlets such as Robinsons, when he hadn’t yet graduated from school, and whose merchandise regularly sells out.

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Emirati founders of NAFS, an abaya and modest-wear label, stocked their designs online and on their Instagram pages before opening their store in Dubai Design District. They have now ventured into homeware accessories.

My point is that if you think creatively, and bring a new thing to the market, you can get away with less investment. For instance, if you want to sell silk scarves of your own designs, you don’t really need a physical store any more. Your initial investment should go towards a small number of products, a designer who will create your packaging – and that’s about it. Instead of a physical store, rent a booth in one of the may pop-up fashion exhibitions that happen around the UAE, for instance, or sell through consignment with a leading fashion store.

What I like about online platforms is that they can serve as a perfect place for trial and error as your business develops. You see what your customers like, dislike, where you get most of your orders from and learn from customers’ feedback.

I always tell aspiring entrepreneurs that you can start many businesses with little to no start-up cash depending on their talents. What type of businesses could you start with no financial burdens? Lots actually.

If you are a talented writer, then demand for content, especially online content, is on the rise, and this is something you can be doing from anywhere around the world. Websites such as Fiverr are great for writers, editors and artists to conduct work on. The amount of money you can make depends on your unique voice and talent. For instance, I began writing for free for many publications, before I established a writing voice and now earn a respectable amount of money because of my passion for writing.

Another good source of income is making business out of your artistic talent. American Jamel Saliba, founder of fashion illustration business Melsy, is a great example. She began posting her fashion illustrations on Etsy, a website where many illustrators showcase their work, where she was discovered by big businesses. Since then, she has collaborated with Hallmark and has stocked her card designs across the United States.

Other great ideas with low to no start-up costs are consulting, resale, photography, video editing and website designing.

I love entrepreneurship and I love seeing more entrepreneurs in the field. Money shouldn’t be an excuse to stop aspiring entrepreneurs from pursuing this field, especially if what they want to pursue doesn’t require a huge amount of upfront capital. Start small and take it from there.



20 Inspiring Quotes About Money From The Richest Billionaires

Ever wish you could spend a few days with some of the world’s billionaires, just to learn some of what they know?

Maybe not to become a billionaire yourself, but to find out just enough to kick your own finances into high gear?

Money Quotes for the 20 Richest PeopleGETTY

Since that’s impossible for the vast majority of us, I settled for inspiring billionaire quotes. Maybe they don’t give specifics, but perhaps they can point us in the right direction.

Now there are hundreds of billionaires in the world, so I settled on digging up money quotes from the top 20. The billionaires are drawn from Forbes’ The World’s Billionaires for 2018.

As it turned out, it ended up being 20 of the top 26. Just like the rest of us, it seems some billionaires prefer to be private people, and don’t say much in public.

Nonetheless, the names on this list are as impressive as the statements they make about money.

1. Jeff Bezos


The founder of Amazon is the wealthiest man in the world, with an estimated net worth of $112 billion. And he’s only 55. His wisdom:

“I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.”

The operative word here is frugality, as in limited resources. Just as it drives innovation, it can force you to invent your way out of a tight box. Put another way, it’s often cheaper to create something than it is to buy it.

There are limitations of course, but when it comes to money, frugality is basic. To begin saving and investing money, you must first master the art of living beneath your means.

2. Bill Gates


The founder of Microsoft, estimated to be worth $90 billion, is also rich in quotes. But this one stands out:

“If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor its your mistake.”

No, you can’t do anything about the circumstances you were born into. But where you go from there is up to you. You may not be able to choose to be a billionaire, but you do have an opportunity to improve your finances and your life at any time.

3. Warren Buffet


The chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway is estimated to be worth $84 billion. Probably the most quotable of all billionaires, I found this one to be the most life changing:

“If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.”

Think about it: if you can only make as much money as you earn, you’re limited by the number of hours you can work and the effort you can put out. But if you develop ways to make money, even when you’re not working…that’s the life changing part.

4. Bernard Arnault


The chairman and CEO of LVMH (the world’s largest luxury goods company) is estimated to be worth $72 billion. That makes him the wealthiest person in Europe. He had this to say:

“Money is just a consequence. I always say to my team, ‘Don’t worry too much about profitability. If you do your job well, the profitability will come.’”

Before you can make money, you have to first create something of value. That goes for investing as well. The companies whose stocks perform the best over the long-term are the ones that consistently add value. There’s insight in that quote, both for running a company and investing money.

5. Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook’s CEO Mark ZuckerbergASSOCIATED PRESS

The youngest member of the 20 richest billionaires, Zuckerberg is estimated to be worth $71 billion. The co-founder and CEO of Facebookonce said the following:

“ The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

There’s no way to be successful without taking risks. That’s as true in investing as it is in a career. If you invest too conservatively, such as putting all your money into safe investments and avoiding equity investments like stocks and real estate, you’ll be lucky if you can keep up with inflation.

6. Amancio Ortega

The founder of the Zara clothing and accessories chain is the second wealthiest man in Europe, with an estimated net worth of $70 billion. At 80 years old, he offers up this revelation:

“I’ll keep working until the end.”

Most people dream of retiring, and here’s a man who could have done it at any time, but chose not to. Great things can happen at any stage of life. And maybe the story of this man is that creating the ability to retire is more important than retirement itself.

7. Carlos Slim Helu

Carlos made his estimated fortune of $67.1 billion mostly in telecommunications. But looking at the big picture, he once had this to say:

“Low interest rates are a big opportunity for investment. But the issue is that this money should go to the real economy, not the financial economy.”

Moral of the story: invest in things that are real, and have lasting value. That can seem counterintuitive in today’s hyper-financialized economy. But if you look at the companies with the biggest market capitalizations, like Amazon, Google and Apple, they’re all providing valuable products and services. Interest rates and stock prices may rise and fall, but value endures.

8. Charles Koch

The co-owner of Koch Industries with his brother David (see below), is worth an estimated $60 billion. He had this to say:

“Relentlessly strive to come up with new and better products and produce them more efficiently than the alternatives.”

This is excellent advice in choosing a company to work for or invest in, or if you’re planning to launch a business. Growth has to be continuous, otherwise you become a “me too” competitor, destined for a less optimistic outcome.

9. David Koch

The other half of the Koch Brothers, David is also worth an estimated $60 billion. His advice comes from a different direction entirely:

“You know, once you’ve stood up to cancer, everything else feels like a pretty easy fight.”

His ongoing fight against cancer has given this multi-billionaire a deeper perspective on life, and one we shouldn’t miss. Money challenges may not be the biggest battles you’ll fight in life. With that in mind, keep it all in perspective and work to achieve balance in your life.

10. Larry Ellison

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The co-founder, CEO and chief technology officer of Oracle is worth an estimated $58.5 billion. He advocates following your dreams:

“I believe people have to follow their dreams – I did.”

Before you can achieve anything meaningful you have to start out with a dream. That’s another counter-intuitive notion in a world where young people are often encouraged to pursue a “safe career”. With dreams comes passion, and the money usually follows. Larry Ellison’s life and success certainly make that point.

11. Michael Bloomberg

Worth an estimated $50 billion, Michael Bloomberg is the owner of the Bloomberg empire, and the former mayor of New York City. He offers this insight:

“America is built around this premise that you can do it, and there are an awful lot of people who are unlikely to have done it who did.”

Did you ever think about doing something big, but avoid acting on it? Maybe you thought people like me don’t do things like that. According to Michael Bloomberg, this may be completely wrong. Many of the greatest success stories in history were achieved by people considered to be unqualified. Whether you have a business idea, or you want to begin investing, never let that stop you.

12. Larry Page

The co-founder of Google (with Sergey Brin – see below), Page has an estimated net worth of $48.8 billion. He recommends focusing on the future.

“Lots of companies don’t succeed over time. What do they fundamentally do wrong? They usually miss the future.”

There are plenty of well-established companies that have a long, successful track records. But the companies people are getting rich investing in are the ones that are building the future. You’ll want to hold some of these companies in your investment portfolio, along with the steady performers. They may also be the richest employment opportunities.

13. Sergey Brin

Google’s other founding half is worth an estimated $47.5 billion. He offered this perspective:

“I feel there’s an existential angst among young people. I didn’t have that. They see enormous mountains, where I only saw one little hill to climb.”

If you view a path or goal as too intimidating, you might choose not to even pursue it. It seems Sergey is challenging us to lower the obstacles and focus on what’s on the other side of what seems to be an mountain. Rest assured if a hill looks like a mountain to you, it does to others as well. That’ll cut down on the competition. That’s exactly why it might not be as challenging as you believe it to be.

15. S. Robson Walton

Three of the children of Walmart founder Sam Walton – Jim Walton, S. Robson Walton and Alice Walton – occupy the 14th, 15th, and 16th spots on the list of the world’s richest billionaires, each with equal wealth. But so as not to draw too much inspiration from the same family, let’s look at a quote from S. Robson Walton (estimated net worth: $46.2 billion).

He had this to say:

“I learned from my dad that change and experimentation are constants and important. You have to keep trying new things.”

Translation: don’t get too set in your ways. The world, the economy and the markets are in a state of constant change. Be ready to roll with them, and to do some experimenting along the way. That might mean changing the way you do business, or the way you invest your money.

17. Ma Huateng

This billionaire made his estimated $45.3 billion fortune in internet media. He offered this advice:

“The leader of the market today may not necessarily be the leader tomorrow.”

In business as in investing, change is a constant. Technology, markets and leadership change constantly. An excellent example is Sears. It was Walmart before Walmart came along. But things change.

19. Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh is the chairman and largest investor in Reliance Industries Limited, the Indian company with the largest market capitalization. He’s personally estimated to be worth $40.1 billion. He warns us to be ready for a few setbacks:

“If there are some losses that you take, then we’re all big boys – we shouldn’t be crying.”

In any venture you embark on, be it a career, a business venture, or an investment, you’re going to experience losses and failures. They’re not aberrations – they’re normal. Don’t be beaten by them, but instead see them as part of the path forward.

20. Jack Ma

Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack MaASSOCIATED PRESS

The co-founder and chairman of technology giant, Alibaba, is estimated to be worth $39 billion. His advice:

“I’m coming to this world not to work. I want to come to this world to enjoy my life. I don’t want to die in my office. I want to die on the beaches.”

Here’s a guy who’s figured out what it’s all about! Sure, you’ll need to work hard in your life. But it shouldn’t be an end in itself. Work should be to bring you as close to the life of your dreams as possible.

21. Sheldon Adelson

The founder and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation is worth an estimated $38.5 billion. He offers up this advice on the long-term:

“Why do I need succession planning? I’m very alert, I’m very vibrant. I have no intention to retire.”

That’s the opinion of a man of 85! We should suspect this is a man who thoroughly enjoys his work, and has no plan to retire – the exact opposite of Jack Ma. And as the saying goes, if you enjoy what you do, it won’t feel like work. That’s probably where this billionaire is at, and it’s a sage concept for the rest of us.

22. Steve Ballmer

The former CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer is estimated to be worth $38.4 billion. Ballmer looks at the darker side of success:

“When you’re running a company, you have employees – lots of them – that can interrupt your schedule. You have customers that can interrupt your schedule. You have a certain obligation to wave the flag because people expect to get out and wave the flag. The number of ways that others can command your time is high.”

Inevitably, there’s a trade-off between time and money. As you move up the ladder of success, there are more demands on your time. If you’re planning to jump on the fast-track, this is something to expect and to be prepared for.

26. Wang Jianlin

The founder of Dalian Wanda Group, China’s largest real estate development company, is worth an estimated $30 billion. He offers up another lesson in frugality:

“I am not a person who pursues luxury. I am not like those people who, once they have money, compulsively squander it or show it off.”

There’s deep wisdom in this quote. Here’s a man who’s worth billions, and he still lives relatively close to the ground. The takeaway for the rest of us might be, while it’s okay to enjoy some of your money, don’t get too caught up in the lifestyle it provides. Always be prepared to reinvest in your business, your career or your investment portfolio.

Final Thoughts on the Top Money Quotes for the 20 Richest People in the World

Most of us will never be billionaires, or even close. But it’s clear these are people who have deeper insights into both the power and limitations of money. We can all improve our careers, businesses and financial situations by paying close attention to the hints they offer with their occasional public commentary.

They may not change our lives overnight, but they can certainly get us heading in a better direction.



This is what I’m teaching my kids about money (that I learned the hard way)

Image result for This is what I’m teaching my kids about money (that I learned the hard way)For many parents, broaching the subject of money with their children can be a minefield. Even parents who want to teach their children about personal finances struggle to have those conversations. That’s especially true when their kids are young: In a recent survey by Edelman Financial Engines, 49% of parents with children aged 4 to 8 said they didn’t know how to talk to their kids about money. But about 90% of them felt it was important that their children have sound financial habits, and admitted that they should be the ones to impart those habits.

I spoke to a number of parents who have taken that to heart and are making the effort to talk to their children about money. For all of them, their approach is a departure from their parents’ attitude toward finances. Most of their parents tiptoed around the subject, whether they grew up in a working class or upper-middle-class family. “My dad managed the money, and I think my mom was on an allowance,” Katie*, a 56-year-old teacher based in Phoenix, told me. “It was kind of like the man worried about the money; this was a traditional Texas home. I don’t really remember my parents ever talking about it.”

Some of the people I heard from made poor financial choices early on because their financial literacy was so low. Leslie Forde, who works in publishing and runs a self-care site for moms, says that during her first year of college, she opened a credit card and swiped it too frequently. “I was really sloppy about financial management that first year until I ran into having to pay down debt,” she says. “I realized that you’re paying a real premium and interest when you use credit card debt. After that experience, I became kind of obsessive about learning about personal financial management and planning.” Bob Moul, who works in tech and now advises his employees on saving and investing, grew up in a working class family and had to give himself a crash course in personal finance, years into his marriage and well into raising children. “This has all been a process of painful discovery,” he says.

As they raise kids, these parents are trying to strike a balance, cultivating good financial habits and offering guidance without overloading their kids with the minutiae and weight of family finances.


Kids establish spending habits by the age of 7, according to finance writer Beth Kobliner. That’s why parents like Forde—whose kids are 4 and 8, respectively—have already started conversations about money. “I’ve tried to introduce these more mechanical concepts that I was missing–the actual routines associated with managing money and tracking money,” she says. “And I try to introduce it in age-appropriate ways.” Over the summer, she took her kids into the bank for a “kid’s day” event, during which they transferred the contents of their piggy banks into bank accounts with interest. “When their statements come in, I show them how their money is increasing,” she says. “Granted, the interest rates are paltry. But I’m showing them that just by their money sitting at the bank and not in their piggy bank, it’s actually making them more money.”

Forde also talks to her kids often about the idea of making “trade-offs.” If her son wants new toys, for example, they calculate how much each costs while in the store, and talk about how he can swap out toys to stay within his budget. She uses a similar framework to talk to them about things like housing as well—why they live in a condo outside Boston when their cousins live in a two-story home in Florida, and what lifestyle changes they would have to make to afford a house like that. “I really try to explain, in terms they can understand, that there are trade-offs associated with what you want, and what you can have in the moment versus what you can have in the future,” she says.

Ben Carter, the cocreator and cohost of a podcast and show about personal finance, is already thinking about how to talk money with his kids, barely three months after becoming a parent to triplet girls. Carter, for his part, was acutely aware of finances from an early age. That awareness was self-initiated, he claims, not a function of how his parents talked about finances. “In my mind, my family didn’t have as much money as I thought you needed to feel comfortable,” he says. “That could have been a figment of my imagination. We had everything we needed. But I had this notion that, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re getting by day by day.’”

When it comes to his own children, Carter’s wife doesn’t want them to be as preoccupied with money as he was. “My wife doesn’t want our kids to grow up with an overwhelming sense of what money is, so for me it’s about trying to find a balance,” he says. “How can you teach it in a way that’s more casual and part of our day-to-day, week-to-week lives?” One example of that is talking about the cost of groceries, Carter says. “You’re learning these concepts that, as an adult, you’ll find are directly related to money,” he says.

With his first three children, Moul didn’t talk money until they were in their late teens, though he did expect them to do chores for an allowance and set them up with savings accounts. When he got remarried and had kids again, Moul was eager to start their financial education earlier. One of his priorities was to show them the power of compounding, and how they can have more in the bank simply by putting their money in the right place. “The main thing that I’m trying to get across–even to the younger employees I have–is the earlier you start, the better,” he says.


Some parents are wary of talking money with their children because they fear making them feel like they need to worry about family finances.Simone Oppenheimer says of her parents, who were the children of immigrants, “I think that there’s kind of a trend in that first-generation Americans felt like they put a lot of burden on their parents, watching them work so hard and try to provide for large families. Our parents tried to shield us from that burden.” They projected financial security and didn’t expose their kids to financial struggles or limit their opportunities, Oppenheimer argues. When she attended a private college, Oppenheimer says, she didn’t fully grasp the cost of her education, and how much of a dent that put in her parents’ finances.

Though her kids are young (both below the age of 7), Oppenheimer seeks to familiarize them with financial realities, albeit without overloading them. “I went to a Jewish private school, and my kids do as well,” she says. “I’m much more transparent about the fact that they go to a school that costs money.” If her children ask why a friend has something that they don’t, she explains that she values certain things–their schooling, for example, or healthy food–and prioritizes putting money toward that. Oppenheimer has already seen her kids internalize some of those lessons. When she took her children to the grocery store recently, her son put part of his $5 allowance toward buying oranges and contributing to their groceries. (“I’m going to buy two oranges to help you,” he said.) “He’s realizing that it’s helpful, and money means something–and that mommy earns what we use,” Oppenheimer says. “He didn’t do it in a way that was guilty or that he should help me. He was proud of himself for his contribution.”

Oppenheimer has also tried to be cognizant of giving both her children the same financial education. Many parents make the mistake of encouraging their daughters to save and not take financial risks, while teaching their sons to invest and build wealth. Some even help normalize the workplace pay gap by modeling it in their own homes, paying daughters less than they do boys for comparable work–in this scenario, chores–or their allowance. “I have a boy and a girl, and it’s always really interesting to see the differences there,” she says. “I’m finding myself in my own biases and trying to push through that–and making sure that I’m raising two strong, independent kids equally.”

Relieving some of the burden of personal finances includes illustrating where you can afford to spend a little. That’s why Katie taught her kids about the three buckets of savings: long term, mid-range, and “fun right now.” (Her youngest child had dubbed his mid-range savings pile the “Taylor Swift fund” while saving up money for concert tickets; the name stuck, though his enthusiasm for the singer did not.) “We’ve tried to teach them that saving is really important, but you also have to live your life,” she says. “You’ve got to have that fun stuff, too.”


If there’s one reason to talk about money with your kids, it may well be this: As of last year, more than 44 million Americans are on the hook for more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. It’s no surprise that college–how to pay for it, whether to pay for it, what to expect of their children–is top of mind, even for parents of young kids. And in many cases, the choices parents make around paying for college have to do with how much financial support they received from their parents.

For Oppenheimer, whose parents footed the majority of her private college tuition, her experience and the changing job market convinced her that her children don’t need the kind of financial assistance she had. “I decided that I’m not opening a college savings account for my kids,” she says. “I don’t see the need to go to a private college in this day and age, for all that money, when college is not necessarily worth as much in terms of your future as it once was.” Oppenheimer adds that had she been expected to pay for college beyond a nominal loan she took out, she would have made different decisions. “I think at that age, it’s important for kids to start understanding the implications of their decisions,” she says. “I don’t see the harm in having kids start saving for college or paying for it themselves. Maybe they’ll make smarter decisions and be more serious students if that’s the case.”

As a teacher herself, Katie has a similar take. “As a teacher, I see these kids going to these really expensive colleges,” she says. “I think it’s a shame right now in our society that the expectation is that you’re going to assume these loans.” When it came to her children, Katie set aside a fixed amount of money to put toward college; she sat down with each of them and laid out their finances and how much their savings would cover in terms of tuition. “We’ve tried to be very transparent with them,” she says. “I’m very debt averse. I try to instill that in them.”

But some parents want to give their children the financial support they didn’t have growing up. “[My parents] made it very clear that there was no way they were going to pay or even help pay for college,” Moul says. “Of the four of us, three of us did not go to college after high school. My second oldest sister did, and I’m amazed to this day that she pulled that off.” He ended up covering tuition for all three of his older children, though he did expect them to work during college and foot expenses like textbooks. “I wanted them to have a college education for sure, and if I could do it for them, I wanted to pay,” he says. “I also felt like if they’re going to go to college, let them focus on learning.”

Forde hopes to do the same for her kids, though she also expects them to contribute financially in some way. Her parents emigrated from Barbados and things were “very comfortable” when she was growing up. But her family’s financial situation changed when she was a preteen, and she ended up putting herself through school for most of college. She doesn’t want that for her kids.

“I want my children to have the experience of moving through the world and choosing the career and path that they love and that’s right for them–not just choosing a path that’s financially viable,” she says. “I want them to have some freedom and choice and less stress, frankly, associated with the climb from their academic life into their professional life. I would like them to be less stressed out about it than I have been.”