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The Resource The richest man who ever lived : the life and times of Jacob Fugger, Greg Steinmetz

The richest man who ever lived : the life and times of Jacob Fugger, Greg Steinmetz

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The richest man who ever lived : the life and times of Jacob Fugger
Title
The richest man who ever lived
Title remainder
the life and times of Jacob Fugger
Statement of responsibility
Greg Steinmetz
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The life and times of the wealthiest man who ever lived--Jacob Fugger--the Renaissance banker who revolutionized the art of making money and established the radical idea of pursuing wealth for its own sake. Jacob 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. Not even John D. Rockefeller had that kind of wealth. Most people become rich by spotting opportunities, pioneering new technologies, or besting opponents in negotiations. Fugger did all that, but he had an extra quality that allowed him to rise even higher: nerve. In an era when kings had unlimited power, Fugger had the nerve 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 Magellan's circumnavigation of the globe. His creation of a news service, which gave him an information edge over his rivals and customers, earned Fugger a footnote in the history of journalism. And he took Austria's Habsburg family from being second-tier sovereigns to rulers of the first empire where the sun never set. The ultimate untold story, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived is more than a tale about the richest and 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 1 percent and everybody else. To understand our financial system and how we got it, it pays to understand Jacob Fugger"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
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Steinmetz, Greg
Dewey number
  • 332.092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
HG1552.F795
LC item number
S74 2015
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fugger, Jakob
  • Bankers
  • Moneylenders
  • Businessmen
  • Germany
Label
The richest man who ever lived : the life and times of Jacob Fugger, Greg Steinmetz
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn894746809
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 283 pages
Isbn
9781451688566
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2014047507
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)894746809
Label
The richest man who ever lived : the life and times of Jacob Fugger, Greg Steinmetz
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn894746809
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 283 pages
Isbn
9781451688566
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2014047507
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)894746809

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