A Complete List of the Richest People Throughout History

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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The More You Know

  • A German and British aeroplane shot each other down in Norway during WWII. The crew met and helped each other survive. Two of them later visited each other many years after the war was over as friends.
  • A former NASA scientist invented the Super Soaker.
  • During World War 2, a bear named Wotjek joined the Polish army. He carried ammunition and occasionally drank beer.
  • England is hit with more tornadoes per square mile than any other country in the world.
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