To say that Eddie Brown has beaten the odds is an understatement. He owns and operates the second- oldest, Black-owned investment firm in the nation, Brown Capital Management, based in Baltimore. And although he may not claim to be the richest man in the world, he knows his values and morals make him appear to be rich in a vast number of areas.

In his new book, Beating the Odds: Eddie Brown’s Investing and Life Strategies,Brown describes his trials and tribulations on the road to success. Despite growing up in the Jim Crow era in the deep south, Brown never saw his race as a hindrance. From an early age, Brown knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur after seeing men wear suits and working for themselves.

“I knew at an early age, around 10 or 11, that I wanted to be independent and my own boss,” Brown said. “What stuck out to me was doing whatever was necessary so that I could be successful and be successful in running my own business.”

Brown attributes his success to his upbringing in Apopka, Fla., a close-knit family and experiences at the renowned Howard University. After moving to Allentown, Pa., with his mother, Brown’s 10th grade English teacher encouraged him to apply to the historically Black university.

“Howard is the only school I submitted an application to,” Brown said. “It never occurred to me to apply to other schools as a back up plan, just in case I get rejected. But fortunately for me, Howard accepted me.”

In Beating the Odds, which was co-written with Blair S. Walker, Brown says the book is not a Black story, but a business story.

“I did not want this book to be put in the black African-American literature section because this story is for people who are simply interested in a good story and business. This book deals with a young man who went from very little to something. It gives lessons for entrepreneurs, and inspires younger people to keep their head up and know that anything is possible.”

Beating the Odds is available in book stores now.


Blake Bryson