One myth is that Hollywood song and dance men, actors, etc., are not all that smart or business-oriented.

The death of Merv Griffin reminded me of the substantial fortunes Merv, his good friend Clint Eastwood, Bob Hope, Michelle Pfeiffer and many other Tinseltown wonders have created.

In 1982 I was on Merv's show discussing my book How to Prosper in the Coming Good Years. Our pre-show green room chatter made clear Merv knew a lot more than I did! He was a superb long-term investor, accepted risk and paid great attention to details.

We both dated the same girl about then; that issue was not discussed!

Steve Leslie adds:

 I remember as a youth watching the Merv Griffin Show at 4pm. He was introduced by British actor Arthur Treacher, "And here is the dear boy himself, Mervyn." He waltzed out, smiled and waved to Mrs. Miller in the front row, and opened his Botany 500 sport coat to expose a garish lining, his trademark.

He worked as a talk show host for 25 years, then went on to syndicate the two most successful game shows in history, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He was also an incredibly successful real estate investor, part owner of Resorts International in Atlantic City and the former Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.

Quite an outstanding life for someone who began as a singer with the Freddy Martin big band.





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