Ownership has played an essential role in building the fortunes of many of America’s wealthiest individuals, who often came from humble beginnings. Andrew Carnegie was a poor immigrant from Scotland who built a steel empire. Bill Gates started Microsoft in a garage and became the richest man in the world. When Warren Buffett buys stock in a company, he buys the whole company — or at least a controlling interest. Each of these individuals understood the secret to wealth creation: ownership.
Granted, the typical investor isn’t Bill Gates, but here are four ways you, too, can be an owner: