Gold Medal Winner (Memoir/Autobiography) - 2009 Axiom Business Book Awards
Sam Wyly, a self-made billionaire of Scottish and Irish descent, grew up in Louisiana and attended local schools before going to Louisiana Tech University to study journalism and accounting. He won a scholarship to the University of Michigan Business School, where he earned his MBA.
Sam has been a working entrepreneur for nearly half a century. He has founded and/or grown successful companies in online computing, computer software products, oil refining, insurance, steakhouse franchising, arts-and-crafts retailing, hedge fund investing, environmentally friendly electricity and Internet carbon offsets.
Among the companies he created and grew are University Computing, Sterling Software, Sterling Commerce, Earth Resources, Gulf Insurance, Bonanza Steakhouses, Michaels Stores, Maverick Capital and Ranger Capital. An active proponent of clean air through clean energy, he created Green Mountain Energy and Green Bull Fund.
Sam and his wife, Cheryl, are generous contributors to countless philanthropic organizations, including the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts and the Aspen-Pitkin County Animal Shelter. Sam has also endowed alma maters Louisiana Tech and the University of Michigan Business School. Sam and Cheryl are the owners of Explore Booksellers and Escape Restaurant in Aspen, Colorado.
His autobiography, 1,000 Dollars & an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire, is his first book. Sam and his son, Andrew Wyly, published, Texas Got It Right!, in the fall of 2012, and in it reveal why the Lone Star State is an Economic Powerhouse, a Jobs Leader and the Number One Place to Move in the U.S. To quote the great newsman and biographer, Walter Isaacson, in his foreword to the book, “The state’s can-do spirit and love of independent thinkers, innovators, and entrepreneurs is something that could help kick up our whole economy.”
Read more about Texas Got It Right! at www.texasgotitright.com.
Sam has six children, twelve grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He has lived most of his adult life in Dallas, Texas, and also spends time in Aspen and in New York's Greenwich Village.