The world’s richest woman, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, owns a 33% stake in L’Oreal which was founded by her grandfather, Eugène Schueller, a known fascist and Nazi sympathizer. Françoise married and has raised her children Jewish.
When American businesswoman and convicted felon Leona Helmsley died, her will left her Maltese dog, Trouble, a $12 million trust fund, whilst leaving two of her four grandchildren with nothing. This sum was subsequently reduced to $2 million as excessive to fulfill its purpose.
Billionaire Howard Hughes was badly injured in a plane crash in 1946. Unsatisfied with his hospital bed, Hughes had a team of engineers design a custom bed comprised of six sections, operated by 30 electric motors with push-button adjustments- this became a prototype for the modern hospital bed.
Kirk Kerkorian, the richest person in Los Angeles, has dispensed more than $200 million and a school, and he has never allowed anything to be named in his honor.
The largest purchase ever made on an Amex Black Card was for US$170 million and was made by Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, earning him and his family free first class travel for the rest of their lives.
Warren Buffett made enough money selling Coke Bottles and magazines door to door to buy a 40 acre farm at the age of 14.
Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel’s networth is $1.5 billion at the age of 24, making him the world’s youngest billionaire.
A billionaire on house arrest in Florida was allowed to charter a plane and fly himself and his guards to Texas to see his ailing mother.
The richest woman in Germany met her future husband while she was working in an apprenticeship at BMW (which she owned 12.5 percent of) under a fake name. He had no idea who she actually was until they were sure about their relationship.
The richest man in history is the 14th century Malian Emperor Mansa Musa I. When adjusted for inflation, he had a net worth of $400 billion.