Live the life of a trader and make your riches by finding lucrative trade routes. The universe of Dangerous uses a simple hub and spoke model as in the distant past of the 20th century where producing and manufacturing stations create goods in bulk at "wholesale" prices. These products are then delivered to hub stations and are marked up by how many jumps it took to deliver the goods.
Since the universe is alive, you're able to watch and learn various corporate trade routes. And identify choke points and vulnerabilities in routes. Or try to take the easy way out. Rumor has it that each corporate headquarters might be surreptitiously hacked and bugged. What information will you find at each headquarter?
But the real titans of trade are those leaders with the Corporate Pilot skill for they can command a fleet of pilots who will trade or mine on behalf of the corporation.