Spanish porn star Nacho Vidal was born into a very wealthy family. However, most of the family's wealth was lost on Black Monday, the stock market crash of 1987. In 2005, using his porn star income, Vidal bought back the mansion his family used to own. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nac…
William Franklin, bastard son of Benjamin Franklin, was Loyalist leader opposing the American Revolution. When Ben died, he only left his son some worthless land, stating in his will that, had the British won, he would've no wealth at all to give him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The idea of a company's primary goal being to create shareholder wealth and increasing shareholder value wasn't very popular until 1981. It was a response to "stagflation" which was seen as a big issue due to Japan's competitive nature with the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Necropants are a pair of pants (trousers) made from the skin of a dead person. They were believed in Icelandic witchcraft to grant unlimited wealth. The only known pair of necropants is a recreation in the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft in HΓ³lmavΓ­k, Iceland atlasobscura.com/articles…
Japanese POWS provided a vast wealth of information during WWII. This was because most Japanese soldiers were unaware of the rights they retained as prisoners under the Geneva convention. Many also felt indebted to American troops for the courteous treatment they received. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Operation Fish was the largest movement of physical wealth in history – approximately $160 billion of British gold (in 2017 dollars) was shipped from the UK to Canada for safekeeping at the onset of World Ward 2 bankofcanadamuseum.ca/201…
Karl Marx distinguished between the proletariat, who create the wealth of a society, and the lumpenproletariat, who are criminals, extremely poor and unemployed. He considered the latter to be devoid of class consciousness and didn't believe they'd be involved in overthrowing the bourgeoisie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lum…
The wealth of a samurai in feudal Japan was measured in terms of koku; one koku, supposed to be the amount of rice it took to feed one man for a year, was equivalent to around 180 liters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kok…
Today I learned about 'Prosperity Notes', dollar bills printed & sold by the US Treasury with four 8s in a row & no 4s the serial number. The Cantonese word for 8 sounds like the word meaning 'prosper' or 'wealth'. 4, however, is bad luck because the word in Japanese & Chinese sounds like the word for 'death'. abcnews.go.com/Business/s…
There were a series of conspiracies in the early 20th century to murder Osage Indians and steal their oil wealth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osa…
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…
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…
Between 2008 and 2009 the number of billionaires dropped from 1125 to 793, and their combined wealth went down from $4.4 trillion to $2.4 trillion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Noblesse oblige is generally used to imply that with wealth, power, and prestige come responsibilities. Privilege must be balanced by duty towards those who lack such privilege. It can describe a person taking the blame for something in order to solve an issue or save someone else. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nob…
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…
One of the most well-known and robust hypotheses linking household income and ecology, the luxury effect, suggests that urban biodiversity, and plant diversity in particular, is positively correlated with neighborhood wealth. This is particularly pronounced in arid ecoregions and biomes. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The company formed by the Beatles to handle their wealth was mismanaged by them and exploited by their employees who purchased drugs and alcohol, lunched at expensive restaurants, and made regularly international calls, and lent money to people never to be seen again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
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…
Today I learned about the potlatch, a ceremony of some First Nations on the Canadian Northwest Coast held to celebrate events (ex. marriages, births). It served to confer status and redistribute wealth, which was seen as anti-Christian and wasteful of personal property, leading to a federal ban from 1884-1951. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
Mazdak, Was a Zoroastrian Priest and "Proto-Socialist" (Died in 524 or 528) Who Advocated For Social Reforms Including Pacifism, Anti-Clericalism and Aid For the Poor, and Wanted to Redistribute Excess Wealth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maz…
Today I learned about the Giving Pledge, a campaign to encourage extremely wealthy people to contribute a majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gi…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
Statues of supernatural beings called Yakshas who are traditionally considered the servants of Kubera (the God of wealth) are found at the entrance of the Reserve Bank of India rbi.org.in
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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/
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…
George Lucas setup the George Lucas Educational Foundation for donating majority of his wealth towards improving education. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
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…
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…
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…
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/
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

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