An evolution of Opulence
It cost 32 million rupees— $1.3 billion in today’s currency— to build the Taj Mahal in 1653.
By 1877, the Vanderbilt family’s net worth was $100 million—a fortune worth $188 billion today.
At the time of his death in 1987, Liberace was worth $144 million.
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.
In 1999, American Express introduced the “Black Card,” which carries a $250,000 annual spending requirement.
Time-share moguls David and Jackie Siegel were once worth $1.3 billion and are currently building an ode to Versailles.
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.