Malawian albinos are murdered for their bones. Albino children are being hunted like animals in Malawi where their bones are sold in the belief the body parts bring wealth, happiness and good luck. cnn.com/2016/06/07/africa…
The descendants of the Ming Dynasty, whose last Emperor lost power in 1644, are not only alive and well, but still hold vast wealth and power over modern-day China, occupying top positions in the ruling Communist Party and various state corporations, schools, and societies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
In 1860, Mississippi was by far the richest state in the union. So much wealth was being produced in the state from cotton that there were more millionaires per capita in Mississippi than in any other state in the US. unpaidlabor.com/blog/entr…
Today I learned about "The Great Leveler," a book that argues that the greatest redistributions of wealth in history are during times of war, plague, and catastrophe, citing the Black Death and WWI as "actually suppressing inequality, by raising the price of labour." theguardian.com/books/201…
The Capstone of the Washington Monument is made of Aluminium to show off the USAs wealth, because at the time of building Aluminum was worth more than Gold slate.com/articles/health…
Prosperity theology is a belief by some Protestant Christians that financial and physical well-being is the will of God; faith and donations to religious causes will increase one's material wealth. Prosperity theology came to prominence in the 1950s United States and later 1980s televangelism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
When Ben Rea (UK) died in May 1988, he bequeathed his Β£7-million ($12.5-million) fortune to Blackie, the last surviving of the 15 cats he shared his mansion with. The millionaire antiques dealer and recluse refused to recognize his family in his will. He left his wealth to his cats. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Liverpool was a major slaving port and its ships and merchants dominated the transatlantic slave trade in the second half of the 18th century. The town and its inhabitants derived great civic and personal wealth from the trade which laid the foundations for the port's future growth. liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/h…
Today I learned of an Ugandan doomsday cult whose followers surrendered their wealth to the church. After the prophesied date passed many disgruntled followers demanded their money back. The cult leaders responded by massacring over 900 of them. The leaders were never caught. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mov…
Today I learned about The Gospel of Wealth, an 1889 article by Andrew Carnegie that became a guiding philosophy for philanthropy as a moral obligation for the wealthy to spend their fortunes helping others that became a trend and expected of the very successful. He said: "He who dies rich, dies disgraced." theweek.com/articles/5979…
Ancient Sparta had two kings co-ruling the state, and most of the wealth was in the hand of a few heiresses due to its unconventional inheritance policy. ancient.eu/sparta/
152 years ago, Alfred Nobel obtained a U.S. patent on dynamite. The Swedish inventor and entrepreneur Alfred Nobel had acquired 355 patents worldwide when he died in 1896. In his last will, he left much of his wealth to the establishment of the Nobel Prize. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
The Vandals (origin of the word "vandalism"), notorious for the sack of Rome, actually negotiated with the then Pope and only raided the city's wealth but left the buildings intact nationalgeographic.com/cu…
Andrew Carnegie by the time of his death in 1919 had already given away roughly 90% of his wealth. He is one of the richest Americans in history and the total money donated by him would equate to ~$65,000,000,000 in today's currency. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Sylvia Bloom, A law firm secretary amassed more than $ 8 million by paying attention to her boss investments. She lived a modest life that Her friends and relatives flabbergasted when they knew about her wealth. She left almost all of her wealth to charity when she died. cnbc.com/2018/05/08/how-a…
The origin of Shark Fin Soup dish can be traced to the Emperor Taizu of the Northern Song. He established shark fin soup to showcase his power. With the decline of Elitism when the CCP came to power, economy reforms led to middle classes who showcased their wealth by buying Shark Fin Soup. theguardian.com/science/b…
A psychology study of more than 4,000 millionaires found that people with more wealth are indeed happier with life. They also found that people who earned their wealth were happier than those who inherited it. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
George Lucas setup the George Lucas Educational Foundation for donating majority of his wealth towards improving education. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Today I learned about Manoj Bhargava, the creator of 5 hour energy, who in 2015 pledged to use 99% of his wealth (estimated to be 4 billion USD as of 2019), in aid of philanthropic causes. billionsinchange.com/
Today I learned about The Giving Pledge, a campaign started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to encourage extremely wealthy people to contribute a majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Bill and Melinda Gates plan to leave $10 million each to their three kids as an inheritance out of his $80 billion fortune. He is set to give away approximately 99.96% of his wealth to charity and foundations. philanthropyroundtable.or…
After oil was discovered on their homelands, 60 or more wealthy, full-blood Osage native Americans were killed from 1918 to 1931. The murders appear to have been committed by people intent on taking over their great wealth, whose land was producing valuable oil, and had annual royalties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osa…
Maitreyi, an Indian philosopher from the 8th century BCE, is considered a symbol of Indian intellectual women. She was not interested in wealth, since it would not make her "immortal", but wanted to learn about immortality en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mai…
The massive changes in the population and wealth of Europe caused by the Black Death was one of the reasons the Renaissance happened. historycrunch.com/causes-…
The Confederate states tried to win British recognition by leveraging the importance of their cotton crop to Britain, but this failed as Albanian-ruled Egypt, inspired by Napoleon, had cultivated enough cotton to fill the gap. This cotton wealth kept them in power even during British invasions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Even in periods of war, the Japanese sword was not the choice of weapon on the battle field. Spears and guns were deemed the more effective weapons, instead the sword was given an auxiliary role due to its ultimate samurai status and was prized and showed power and wealth. youtu.be/4w2pDyHhfCw
In the 1700s, pineapples were expensive, so rich American colonists would rent a pineapple and carry it around parties to show off their wealth. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Viking military tactics succeeded mainly because they disregarded the conventional battlefield tactics, methods, and customs of the time. They ignored unspoken rules, like not attacking holy sites. To the contrary Vikings intentionally targeted religious sites for their vulnerability and wealth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vik…
Stanford University was founded in 1885 by Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane, in memory of their only child, Leland Jr., who died of typhoid fever at 15. After his 1884 death, the Stanfords determined that they would use their wealth to do something for β€œother people’s” children facts.stanford.edu/about/
Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus intends to donate 80% of hos wealth to charity and has already donated hundreds of millions to various universities goodnewsnetwork.org/home-…
Today I learned of The Giving Pledge, a campaign to encourage extremely wealthy people to contribute a majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. Most of the signatories of the pledge are billionaires, and their pledges total over $500 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In June 1460, Pope Pius II wrote a letter to Cardinal Rodrigo de Borja, who became Pope Alexander VI, rebuking him for turning a child's baptism into an orgy by denying entry to husbands and all men. "..it gives a pretext to those who accuse us of using our wealth and our high office for orgies" erenow.net/biographies/th…
Pineapples were so rare a sight in the 1700's they were a symbol of wealth. The few that were cultivated in hothouses were worth about five thousand pounds ($8000) each. They weren't eaten, but were rented out by the aristocracy as a table centerpiece at dinner parties. thespruceeats.com/history…
Banks have therapists known as 'wealth psychologist' who help ultra-rich clients, who are unable to mentally cope with their immense wealth. investopedia.com/terms/w/…
One of the richest woman in China was born in extreme poverty in a remote mountain village. She got her wealth by selling her chili sauce, lao gan ma, which she originally made for her noodle stand. whatsonweibo.com/lao-gan-…
Today I learned about the New Economic Policy of the Soviet Union. Due to the harsh economic situation at the start of the Soviet Union, Lenin basically ran the country on capitalism. When Stalin came to power, he forcibly took away a lot of peoples' wealth. inquiriesjournal.com/arti…
Today I learned about Thierry Tilly who successfully manipulated an entire aristocratic French family out of all their assets and wealth vanityfair.com/culture/20…
The largest movement of physical wealth in history was during WW2, Operation Fish had 186,332 gold bars and more than 8 million ounces of gold coins sent to Canada from the UK with not even one crate or treasury bill going missing. canadashistory.ca/explore…
In the 18th century wealthy European aristocrats who wanted to flaunt their wealth would pay people to pretend to be hermits hermits and live in shacks on their vast estates. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
High heels were first used by Persian calvary. Owning horses was expensive, so to wear heels implied the wearer had significant wealth. Europe caught on and was used to imply their upper-class status. Authorities even began regulating the length of a high heel's point according to social rank. wikipedia.org/wiki/High-h…
Today I learned about the attempt to colonize Panama by Scotland in 1698. An utter failure, 20% of the wealth of Scotland was lost in addition to the deaths of thousands of colonists. wikipedia.org/wiki/Darien…
President Harry S. Truman was so poor after his presidency that Congress had to enact a law to give him a pension. President Herbert Hoover the only other living ex-president took the pension as well, despite his wealth, to avoid embarrassing Truman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Taylor Swift was born into wealth. Her father is "a descendant of three generations of bank presidents" and worked for Merrill Lynch. At the age of 14 her family moved to Nashville where her father purchased a stake in Big Machine, the label to which Swift first signed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tay…
Manoj Bhargava the creator of 5 Hour energy created the formula in 30 days, has a net worth of 4 billion and plans donate 99 percent of his wealth by creating a series of inventions to help 3rd world countries receive basic functions like water, electricity, and health. youtu.be/CyBHaF_RSjI?t=3m…
Among the four Beatles, Lennon and McCartney were major shareholders in Northern Songs, each owning 15% of the public company's shares, and the pair earned considerable wealth over the first year of the flotation. Harrison and Ringo Starr, as contracted songwriters, owned 0.8% each. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onl…
Every resident of Alaska receives ~$2,000 a year because of a payout from an oil wealth trust fund. reuters.com/article/alask…
Queen Victoria is credited with spreading the tradition of brides wearing white dresses to their weddings. After her wedding to Albert in 1840, the colour white became a status symbol of wealth and power, and others quickly followed her example. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
Creator of the American Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis, spent the rest of her life and wealth campaigning against the holiday feeling it became too commercialized and lost the sentiment behind it. history.com/topics/holida…
Gaius Appuleius Diocles, Roman charioteer is often cited as the highest-paid athlete of all-time. That condition, however, arises from the fantastic assumption that, as his wealth would have been enough to fund the entire Roman Army for more than two months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gai…
Today I learned of Hetty Green, called β€œthe Witch of Wall Street”, she was renowned for her wealth and frugality at the turn of the 20th century. She never used heating, never washed her hands, and ate 15 cent pies. When her son broke his leg, she tried to have him admitted to a free clinic than pay a doctor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Het…
The Plague solved an overpopulation problem in 14th century Europe. In the aftermath wages increased, rent decreased, wealth was more evenly distributed, diet improved and life expectancy increased. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The actor who played David Wallace on The Office was actually a full time wealth-management adviser at the time, and considered acting on the TV show a hobby - "this is what I do instead of playing golf" palmbeachpost.com/enterta…
Today I learned of John Frum, the god of a religion in Vanuatu depicted as an American G.I. who will one day return from the sky bringing wealth and prosperity to his worshippers. wikipedia.org/wiki/John_F…
San Francisco's 555 California Street was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. Colloquially known as "Triple Five", 555 California Street was meant to display the wealth, power, and importance of Bank of America, and has thousands of bay windows meant to improve the rental value en.wikipedia.org/wiki/555…
Henry Winkler's Parents escaped Nazi Germany on the last day Jews were allowed to leave. Since they were given only a six week visa, Henry's father hid his mother's jewelry inside pieces of chocolate to covertly take as much wealth with them as they could without being detected by the Nazis. youtube.com/watch?v=h3YLj…
Famous French painter Claude Monet was a poor man until he won 100,000 francs in the French lottery and lived a life of wealth and luxury unlike some other famous painters of his time. amazing.zone/claude-monet…
The seven sins according to Gandhi: "Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Religion without sacrifice. Politics without principle." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
Andrew Carnegie gave away more than 90% of his wealth, with much of it going to found 2509 public libraries at an inflation-adjusted cost of more than $1.3 billion theconversation.com/what-…
Stock market participation is correlated with IQ. (controlling for wealth, income, age, and other demographic and occupational information) papers.ssrn.com/sol3/pape…
Norway has a sovereign wealth fund to the value of over $1 Trillion USD which includes 1.3% of global stocks and shares, it is primarily funded by the profits of the Norwegian petroleum sector. In total the fund has a value of over $180,000 per Norwegian resident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gov…
The Osage Indians were once the richest per capita people in the world due to oil reserves on their land. Congress then passed a law requiring court appointed "guardians" to manage their wealth. Over 60 Osage were murdered from 1921-1925, their land rights passed to the guardian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osa…
The United States contributed the most to global wealth in 2018, adding $6.3 trillion, taking the β€œnet worth” of the nation to over $100 trillion. This continues its unbroken run for largest growth in national wealth and wealth per adult every year since 2008. credit-suisse.com/corpora…
Despite his immense wealth, John D. Rockefeller always took the train from his mansion to his downtown New York office every day. He was often harassed by beggars and other passengers, but refused to travel with bodyguards or use private transportation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
First, second and third world country doesn't mean wealth or how good a country is doing brilliantmaps.com/first-s…
Gilles de Rais, 13th century child serial killer and companion-in-arms of Joan of Arc, depleted his wealth performing occult experiments including three attempted summonings of a demon named Barron. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
Banks have therapists known as 'wealth psychologist' who help ultra-rich clients who are unable to mentally cope with their immense wealth. investopedia.com/terms/w/…
There is an airtight room in a University in Georgia (US), sealed in 1940, to be opened in the year 8113. The "Crypt of Civilization" contains a wealth of artifacts from literary works to everyday items. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cry…
Much of Roosevelt family (yes, of presidential nature) family wealth came from smuggling opium to china. americanheritage.com/cont…
Southern sweet tea was originally used to show wealth, as tea, ice, and sugar were all very expensive at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
Martin Luther was not the first Christian to challenge the Catholic Church. Oxford scholar John Wycliffe denounced the wealth of the church, called for a greater emphasis on scripture, and oversaw an English biblical translation. The church condemned him, but Oxford shielded him. nationalgeographic.com/ar…
Buddha statues often depict elongated earlobes to show that Siddartha Gautama’s earlobes were once weighed down heavy, valuable earnings. He gave up his wealth but the earlobes stayed elongated nationalgeographic.org/me…
Bill Gates has donated over $28 Billion to charity and has stated he wishes to donate a further 95% of his wealth to charity. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/B…
In 2010 George Lucas said β€œI am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race." Two years later, Lucas sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney for 4.05 billion dollars and donated the proceeds to a charity that focuses on education. forbes.com/sites/briansol…
The guy who invented 5-hour energy is a billionaire who has pledged 99% of his wealth to philanthropic solutions to help the developing world inc.com/ilan-mochari/5-ho…
The Shakopee Mdewakanton are believed to be the richest tribe in American history as measured by individual personal wealth: Each adult, according to court records and confirmed by one tribal member, receives a monthly payment of around $84,000, or $1.08 million a year. nytimes.com/2012/08/09/us…
: Kevin Wheatcroft the world's biggest collector of Nazi memorabilia which is appraised at $190 million and includes signed photos from hitler/mengele, tanks, the door to Hiter's cell, $220k locks of hair, and Hitler's art. His wealth comes from restoring Panzer tanks in the $47 million market. nypost.com/2015/06/27/mee…
Ancient Greeks regularly engaged in a practice known as Plate smashing, which involved purposefully break dishware as either a way to deal with loss or as a way to show off wealth. It is much rarer today, but still happens on celebratory occasions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
A company in England accidentally sent letters to some of its wealthy customers that began "Dear Rich Bastard". One customer who did not receive the letter complained, certain their wealth was enough to warrant the "rich bastard" title. snopes.com/business/consu…
In 18th century Europe the Pineapple was considered as a symbol of wealth and power. In England you could even rent one for a night to show off to other people. foodbeast.com/news/til-pe…
Most of Steve Jobs' wealth was from his shares in Disney, not Apple. financialjuneteenth.com/7…
An Entrepreneur in Hong Kong (Tin Ka Ping)who had donated 80% of his wealth throughout his life to build over 200 schools and 1000 libraries in Hong Kong and Mainland China. During the 1997 financial crisis, he had even sold his mansion to continue funding his charity foundation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tin…
Men in 18th Century France wore high heels as a sign of wealth. As the shoes became popular, men wore thick heels and women wore skinny ones. During the Enlightenment men stopped wearing heels and they became more associated with a woman's supposed sense of impracticality and extravagance. abc.net.au/news/2017-11-1…
In order to be among the top 10% of the world's population by wealth, you only need $77,000; to be part of the top half, you just need $3,650. bbc.com/news/magazine-309…
Norway's sovereign wealth fund is worth about $195,000 USD per Norwegian citizen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gov…
Margaret Anne Cargill was a philanthropist born into one of the wealthiest families in the world. She gave away more than $200M during her life, always anonymously, and provided that after her death all her wealth go to charity. In 2011 her assets were liquidated, resulting in a $6B donation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Tashirojima an island in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Has become known as "Cat Island" due to the large stray cat population that thrives as a result of the local belief that feeding cats will bring wealth and fortune. Here, the cat population now exceeds the human population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tas…
Based on extensive research and surveys, Grey Goose Vodka is a favorite of Americans termed "aspirationals" "(i.e., "those who wish to act rich" regardless of actual income or wealth). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Wealth therapy exists to help those unfortunate people who are very rich. Typical issues are guilt & shame. "It's really isolating to have lots of money" amp-theguardian-com.cdn.a…
India had the largest economy in the world in the early 1700s, accounting for 25% of world GDP. After this peak, India's relative wealth continued to decline for the next 250+ years due to Persian and then British exploitation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco…
There is a boardgame based on the show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. The goal of the game is "to collect the most wealth by guessing the prices of a wide variety of unusual and luxurious items" boardgamegeek.com/boardga…
If you have no debts and $10 in your pocket, you have more wealth than 25% of Americans forbes.com/sites/timworst…
Today I learned about The Government Pension Fund of Norway, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund. It was established to invest the surplus revenues of the Norwegian petroleum sector. Today it has over 1 trillion USD in assets, including 1.3% of all global stocks and shares. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gov…
King Solomon’s gold mines, which the Bible says helped him store wealth amounting to more than Β£2.3 trillion, are a complete myth, historians believe independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Today I learned about Daniel Dancer, a famous miser who, despite inheriting significant wealth, did everything he could to avoid spending money. Once on one of his walks he found a dead, putrid sheep and decided to take it home to skin and eat, just to avoid paying for food. exclassics.com/misers/mis…
Banks have therapists who help their super rich clients who mentally unable to cope with their immense wealth. motherjones.com/politics/…
Nauru, a tiny Polynesian nation, was once among the richest nations per capita in the world. They are currently among the poorest after depleting their natural resources and blowing their wealth on a failed Broadway musical. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nau…
Charles Francis Feeney, a retail magnate & former billionaire, went from being worth $6.3 billion to $1.5 million after donating 99.9% of his wealth to charity. wealthx.com/billionaires/…
The story of the Dutch "Tulip Mania" is wildly exaggerated, and was propaganda created by religious Calvinists to promote the notion that "wealth is ungodly" smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 2010 George Lucas said β€œI'm dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race." Two years later, Lucas sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney for $4.05B and donated the proceeds to a charity that focuses on education. forbes.com/sites/briansol…
Tristan da Cunha, a British island in the Atlantic 2400 km away from the nearest continent, is a commune, where all land is communally owned and cattle numbers are restricted to discourage wealth accumulation. tristandc.com/economy.php

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