For most of us, the end of the month marks the moment that we get our paychecks from work. Once our accounts replenish, we might feel pretty rich – even if it’s just momentarily. So, it will probably be shocking to discover the amount that these 20 men managed to earn in their time. Let’s just say, you’d probably forget about that monthly paycheck with billions or trillions in the bank.
20. John D. Rockefeller
Many teenagers get part-time jobs, perhaps to save for college or pay for their first car. But John D. Rockefeller – who became an assistant bookkeeper at just 16 – managed to kick-start his future career in business. By aged 20 he was involved in a number of business ventures, eventually narrowing his focus to oil refining and establishing the Standard Oil Company in 1870.
Rockefeller struck gold by starting his company when he did – kerosene and gas became vital elements in the American lifestyle, whether it was to light lamps or fuel cars. By September 29, 1916, Rockefeller was credited as the first ever individual to rack up a worth of $1 billion. And by the time he died in 1937 Rockefeller was worth somewhere between $300 and $400 billion, a figure adjusted with modern inflation rates.