An evo­lu­tion of Op­u­lence

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1653

It cost 32 mil­lion ru­pees— $1.3 bil­lion in to­day’s cur­rency— to build the Taj Ma­hal in 1653.

1920s

By 1877, the Van­der­bilt fam­ily’s net worth was $100 mil­lion—a for­tune worth $188 bil­lion to­day.

1970s

At the time of his death in 1987, Lib­er­ace was worth $144 mil­lion.

1980s

With a net worth of $39 bil­lion by the 1990s, drug lord Pablo Es­co­bar was ranked num­ber seven on the Forbes list of the world’s wealth­i­est peo­ple.

1990s

In 1999, Amer­i­can Ex­press in­tro­duced the “Black Card,” which car­ries a $250,000 an­nual spend­ing re­quire­ment.

2000s

Time-share moguls David and Jackie Siegel were once worth $1.3 bil­lion and are cur­rently build­ing an ode to Ver­sailles.

2015

Re­cently named the new “First Fam­ily,” the Kar­dashian-Jen­ner clan is worth $393 mil­lion.

Jay-Z and Bey­oncé’s com­bined net worth cur­rently sits at $1.3 bil­lion.

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