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The Richest of the Rich - The Wealthiest 250 People in Britain Since 1066 (Hardcover) Loot Price: R322
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The Richest of the Rich - The Wealthiest 250 People in Britain Since 1066 (Hardcover): Philip Beresford, William D. Rubinstein

The Richest of the Rich - The Wealthiest 250 People in Britain Since 1066 (Hardcover)

Philip Beresford, William D. Rubinstein

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This is a comprehensive study of Britain's 250 richest people in history, from the time of William the Conqueror to the present. In this new book, Philip Beresford, the author of "The Sunday Times" annual 'Rich List' and history expert William D. Rubinstein, have turned their attention to the wealthiest individuals in British history, revealing how they made their fortunes, the role played by luck, contacts and violence, and how successful they were in hanging on to their gains. It includes people like: William of Warenne, the Earl of Surrey in the 1050s, who if he were alive today would be worth nearly GBP74bn - over three times richer than Britain's current richest man (steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal); Archbishop Thomas Beckett, who took 250 servants with him on a visit to Paris in 1158, and was worth over GBP24bn - Not that his fortune was much use when he was murdered in his own cathedral on the orders of Henry II; Robert Spencer, forebear of Princess Diana, who made a fortune in the wool trade, owned vast tracts of land in the colony of Virginia and accumulated a fortune equivalent to GBP19bn in today's money; and, John Scott, a celebrated gambler whose skills and luck helped him to a GBP500,000 (GBP3.1bn) fortune - "As rich as Scott" was a popular saying of eighteenth century society. The authors provide a fascinating account of personal wealth and influence, noting how, throughout history, the opportunities for aggrandising wealth have been changed by technology, demographics, taxation, politics and war. If you are interested in business, society and the shifting patterns of advantage then you will find this book absorbing, intriguing and insightful.

General

Imprint: Harriman House Publishing
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: November 2007
First published: October 2007
Authors: Philip Beresford • William D. Rubinstein
Dimensions: 186 x 124 x 34mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
ISBN-13: 978-1-905641-54-3
Categories: Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Encyclopaedias & reference works > Reference works > General
Books > Humanities > History > British & Irish history > General
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Economic history
Books > History > British & Irish history > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Economic history
LSN: 1-905641-54-0
Barcode: 9781905641543

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