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Andy and Dale

Andrew Carnegie was a fabulously wealthy Scottish-born American industrialist, businessman, and a major philanthropist. He made his fortune by building what was to become US Steel. He later gave away most of his money to fund the establishment of many libraries, schools, and universities in America, the United Kingdom and other countries. He is often regarded as the second richest man in history.

On the other hand, Dale Breckenridge Carnagey was the American author of How To Win Friends And Influence People, first published in 1936, a massive bestseller that remains popular today. and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking and interpersonal skills.

Perhaps one of his most successful marketing moves was to change the spelling of his last name from Carnegey to Carnegie, at a time when unrelated Andrew Carnegie was a widely revered and recognized name. By 1916, Dale was able to rent Carnegie Hall itself for a lecture to a packed house.

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