A Complete List of the Richest People Throughout History

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While we’d all like to be rich someday, I bet no one expects to make anything above a million, much less several billions of dollars. Whether it’s George Lucas’ $4.1 billion or Henry Ford’s $144 billion dollar industry, these are the richest people who ever lived. Read on to see who made the most…

Jakob Fugger

The 1500’s German merchant made his money in mining and expanding family assets. The Fugger family, at one point, had a monopolistic hold on copper in Europe. Today, he’d be worth $400 billion.

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Fugger’s Legacy

All of the amassed fortunes, as is tradition, stayed in the family. Jakob left his nephew Anton 2,032,652 guilders (German currency prior to the Euro). He is remembered as “Fugger the Rich”.

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The More You Know

  • Roughly 600 Parisians work at the Eiffel Tower each day.
  • The smallest bone in your body is in your ear.
  • Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd dusted off their Ghostbusters costumes to visit a terminally ill child who was a fan of the film and wanted to meet them.
  • Following the release of Rocky IV, a joke was making rounds in Hollywood. Since Rocky had run out of opponents, he would have to fight an alien if a fifth movie was made. Jim and John Thomas took the joke seriously and wrote a screenplay based on it, which later became the movie "Predator".
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