ABOUT THE AUTHORS

SAM WYLY

Sam Wyly was raised in small-town Louisiana.  In 1957, he got his MBA from the University of Michigan and began his career as a salesman for IBM and then a manager for Honeywell.  At 28, he created his first company, University Computing Company, which became the first of six enterprises that Wyly grew to over $1 billion valuations.

Over the next fifty years, he became one of America’s top multiple entrepreneurs, building companies in industries ranging from oil and gold mining to arts and crafts, from software to budget steakhouses and clean electricity. 

Wyly resides in Dallas and in Aspen, Colorado, with his wife, Cheryl, and has six children, twelve grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.  His memoir, 1,000 Dollars & an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire, was published in 2008, and his illustrated business biography, Beyond Tallulah, by Dennis Hamilton, came out in 2011.

ANDREW WYLY

Andrew Wyly is an entrepreneur, investor, and film producer.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, with some schooling in Switzerland, he has been a Texan by choice since 2004.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Denison University, Andrew worked as a sales agent for Green Mountain Energy and managed a portfolio for a hedge fund.  He has continued his interest in political economics through participation with several think tanks.

In 2007, he created the Andrew Wyly Film Company.  Blood Shot, his first feature film, was completed last year.