The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob FuggerКНИГИ » ИСТОРИЯ
Автор: Greg Steinmetz Название: The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger Издательство: Simon & Schuster Год: 2016 ISBN: 978-1451688566 Язык: English Формат: epub Размер: 27,4 mb Страниц: 304
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. In an era when kings had unlimited power, Fugger dared 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 gave him an information edge over his rivals and customers and 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.