My former boss was the typical "SELF MADE MILLIONAIRE"; he only finished the 10th grade in school.
He went to work in the construction industry & eventually he & I started our own business in 1994.
He was not the CHEAPEST in any estimate; but the quality of work was OUTSTANDING; he even was developing a business to CONSULT & present evidence in court - concerning the shoddy work of major companies.
He and a few of his friends in the business - WORKED HARD & PLAYED HARD in Costa Rica; they all bought substantial homes there & expected to be treated as ROYALTY - especially with all the money they infused!
The last time I talked to him (Dec. 2009); he & his fellow construction owners were planning on buying a used jet to fly them on their vacations - as any airport/country "BS" would not be tolerated.
Unfortunately, we disagreed on his LIFESTYLE, while in Costa Rica - private brothels, etc.
I was taken along as his BODY GUARD, but I was uncomfortable in these surroundings - especially as all these men had wives & families at home (I don't feel as I am a prude).
In summary, we haven't talked since Dec. 2009; I wish him well. I am told many of his acquaintances are now DIVORCED (wonder why?) & they their businesses have suffered in the real estate bubble after-effects.