So Far, So Good: The First 94 Years
Mention the name Roy Neuberger and several awe-inspiring images come to mind. There's the stock market neophyte who arrived on Wall Street just months before the Panic of 1929--and protected his capital by shorting RCA stock. There's the savvy businessman who founded Neuberger&Berman, a lucrative brokerage firm that today manages about $50 billion. Then, there is the esteemed philanthropist and patron of the arts who has graciously donated most of his private art collection to museums and institutions around the country.
Now, there is the vibrant nonagenarian who, as first-time author, shares his extraordinary life story in So Far, So Good--The First 94 Years. As inspirational as it is compelling, this stirring memoir recounts Neuberger's remarkable journey and enduring reign as one of the most prominent and fascinating figures of finance.
Roy R. Neuberger was born at the turn of the century to a businessman father and a musician mother, both of whom passed on to him qualities and interests that would profoundly influence his life. He spent his earliest years in Bridgeport, Connecticut, then moved with his family to New York City, a place he's called home for more than eight decades. Though he had a happy, comfortable childhood, it was tempered with tragedy when, in 1912, his mother died, and his father passed away just four years later.
After his freshman term at New York University, Neuberger left to begin working at the B. Altman & Company department store. It was there that he learned about business and trading, and was introduced to the world of art. Following three "extremely valuable" years at Altman's, in 1925 Neuberger set out for Paris, where he remained for almost four years. It was an unforgettable time during which he travelled, studied art, and befriended Thornton Wilder, the art historian Meyer Schapiro, and other notable Americans in Paris.
Returning to New York City in 1929, Neuberger landed a job on Wall Street at Halle & Stieglitz -- just seven months before the infamous Crash. In a pulsating, you-are-there account, Neuberger recounts the tumultuous events leading up to --and following --the Panic, and reveals how he managed to emerge unscathed at a time when others were doing anything but. He also offers an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at his remarkable career since, with details on the launching of Neuberger&Berman; the creation of Guardian, one of the first no-load mutual funds; his success with closed-end investment trusts; and his extraordinary winning run during the market crash of 1987. Generously sharing a wealth of professional wisdom, Neuberger offers his "ten principles of successful investing," as well as penetrating and provocative ruminations on topics ranging from the economy and the federal budget to Social Security and the future of the market.
Neuberger speaks eloquently about his lifelong appreciation of art. He describes the formation of his valuable and eclectic collection (most of which he's now donated), his firm commitment to supporting the careers of artists, his role as trustee of both The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum, and his involvement with the creation and sustenance of the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York.
At the age of 94, Roy Neuberger is still going strong, trading every day, and enjoying life to the fullest. His dramatic story, told here with humor, insight, and complete candor, is part social history, part investment lesson, part personal reminiscence. So Far, So Good --The First 94 Years is a landmark work not to be missed.
Praise for So Far, so Good--the first 94 years
"The wisdom of Roy Neuberger is a beacon. There is nothing like experience, and here it is . . . in spades! We can all learn from the master." --Dr. William F. Baker, President, Thirteen/WNET, N.Y.
"Roy Neuberger has celebrated life for almost a century. He roared in Paris in the 1920s, assembled one of the great contemporary art collections of the world, and built a great investment firm. He has shared the journey with us through this book, and it is one helluva ride." --Byron Wein, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley & Co.
"What a life! Roy Neuberger's affecting memoir chronicles the passion and generosity that helped him overcome early adversity to fill his charmed, long life with meaning and accomplishment. Readers will benefit from his great advice about making money, and will take pleasure in learning how he used his fortune to acquire and share wonderful works of art." --Agnes Gund, President, Museum of Modern Art
"Roy never fails to amuse and enlighten. Over the years, he's taught me many things I didn't know I didn't know." --Jim Rogers, author of The Investment Biker.
"Roy's memoirs read as if he'd chatted them to you on his regular matinal walks --sprinkled with engaging personal insights, and no end of advice for which the most compelling argument is Roy's own success. A most rewarding read." --Philippe de Montebello, Director, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.