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10 Richest People of All Time and How They Made Their Fortunes

Neatorama always seems to come out with the coolest articles.  Todays article is about the 10 richest people of all time.  If you think it was American Investor Warren Buffet or Microsoft’s Bill Gates then you my friend are completely wrong. When wealth is measure as a percentage of the national economy you then get the richest man of all time, John D. Rockefeller.

1. John D. Rockefeller

Peak wealth: $318.3 billion (based on 2007 US dollar). Age at peak wealth: 74

As a young man, John Davison Rockefeller said that his two greatest ambitions were to make $100,000 and live to be 100. He died two months shy of his 98th birthday, but boy did he make good on the first goal.

Rockefeller wasn’t born to a rich family. His father, William Avery “Big Bill” Rockefeller was a shiftless man who spent most of his times thinking up schemes to avoid actual work! Nevertheless, thanks to the guidance of his mom Eliza – a homemaker and devout Baptist – John D. grew up to be quite a hardworking man.

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