Rand was already world-famous as the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged when this piece was produced in 1963. Prevalent in the culture was the so-called “robber-baron” thesis that rich people are necessarily holders of ill-gotten gains. Rand challenges that claim by distinguishing genuine money-makers from mere money-appropriators. This article was first published in Cosmopolitan magazine and given later as a radio talk.
Listen to “The Money-Making Personality” at Soundcloud. Executive Summary by Anthony DiMauro, Andrei Volkov, and Stephen Hicks, 2019.