By Greg Steinmetz
In the times while Columbus sailed the sea and Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, a German banker named Jacob Fugger turned the richest guy in history.
Fugger lived in Germany on the flip of the 16th century, the grandson of a peasant. by the point he died, his fortune amounted to almost percentage of ecu GDP. In an period while kings had limitless strength, Fugger dared to stare down heads of kingdom and ask them to pay again their loans—with curiosity. It was once this coolness and self-assurance, with his inexhaustible ambition, that made him not just the richest guy ever, yet a strength of heritage in addition. ahead of Fugger got here alongside it used to be unlawful less than church legislation to cost curiosity on loans, yet he bought the Pope to alter that. He additionally helped set off the Reformation and sure funded Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe. His production of a information provider gave him a knowledge side over his competitors and consumers and earned Fugger a footnote within the background of journalism. And he took Austria’s Habsburg family members from being second-tier sovereigns to rulers of the 1st empire the place the sunlight by no means set.
“Enjoyable…readable and fast paced” (The Wall highway Journal), The Richest guy Who Ever Lived is greater than a story in regards to the so much influential businessman of all time. it's a tale approximately palace intrigue, knights in conflict, kinfolk tragedy and triumph, and a violent conflict among the single percentage and everyone else. “The story of Fugger’s aspiration, ruthlessness, and greed is riveting” (The Economist).
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The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger by Greg Steinmetz