howard risked nothing. he signed a contract for approx 100 mil a year (guaranteed) without putting up a cent of his own money.
he is full of shit, he had nothing to lose....and even if he did he was still guaranteed the money.
the biggest risk he ever took was to foolishly marry the bimbo. he risked his own children's legacy for a golddigger(although i'm sure alison probably made sure the girls would be protected).