The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of


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  • The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger
  • Greg Steinmetz
  • 11 March 2019
  • 9781451688566

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The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob FuggerIn the days when Columbus sailed the ocean and Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, a German banker named Jacob Fugger became the richest man in history Fugger lived in Germany at the turn of the sixteenth century, the grandson of a peasant By the time he died, his fortune amounted to nearly two percent of European GDP In an era when kings had unlimited power, Fugger dared to stare down heads of state and ask them to pay back their loans, with interest It was this coolness and self assurance, along with his inexhaustible ambition, that made him not only the richest man ever, but a force of history as well Before Fugger came along it was illegal under church law to charge interest on loans, but he got the Pope to change that He also helped trigger the Reformation and likely funded Magellans circumnavigation of the globe His creation of a news service gave him an information edge over his rivals and customers and earned Fugger a footnote in the history of journalism And he took Austrias Habsburg family from being second tier sovereigns to rulers of the first empire where the sun never set The Richest Man Who Ever Lived isthan a tale about the most influential businessman of all time It is a story about palace intrigue, knights in battle, family tragedy and triumph, and a violent clash between the one percent and everybody else The tale of Fuggers aspiration, ruthlessness, and greed is riveting The Economist


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