Wealthy historical figures 2008

July 10, 2008 at 10:16 am | Posted in Being Me, Link-o-rama | 1 Comment

Yup. Thanks to Wiki.

The top 20 are:

# Image Name Age when at peak of earnings, or in 2008 for living people Current age, or age at death Wealth in Billion USD Company or Source of Wealth
1. John D. Rockefeller 74 97 318.3     Standard Oil
2. Andrew Carnegie 68 83 298.3     Carnegie Steel Company
3. Nicholas II of Russia 49 50 253.5     House of Romanov
4. William Henry Vanderbilt 64 64 231.6     Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
5. Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII 50 80 210.8     Monarchy
6. Andrew W. Mellon 80 82 188.8     Gulf Oil
7. Henry Ford 57 83 188.1     Ford Motor Company
8. Marcus Licinius Crassus 62 62 169.8     Roman Senate, conquest, assorted business ventures
9. Basil II 67 67 169.4     Monarchy
10. Cornelius Vanderbilt 82 82 167.4     New York and Harlem Railroad, shipping
11.   Alanus Rufus 49 49 166.9     Investments
12. Amenophis III 50 50 155.2     Pharaoh
13. William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey 38 38 153.6     Earl of Surrey
14. William II of England 44 44 151.7     Monarchy
15. Elizabeth I 69 69 142.9     House of Tudor
16. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 54 86 141.4     Standard Oil
17. Sam Walton 74 74 128.0     Wal-Mart
18. John Jacob Astor 84 84 115.0     American Fur Company
19. Odo of Bayeux 61 61 110.2     Monarchy
20. Bill Gates 44 52 101.0     Microsoft

Yup. Bill Gates is No 20. Just barely edging out Stephen Girard. Who was a wealthy banker from Philly.

Oh yeah and quite a nice number are monarchs. Haha. So either be a Capitalist or a Monarch.

Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII is the first Asian on the list at 5. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is the first Southeast Asian on the list at 28. Then T.V. Soong is the first Chinese at 33, he’s also the first non-royal Asian on the list.

So think about it. Then go raise an army and go be a monarch.

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