When it comes it winning at life, nothing feels better than being a high roller. Whether you earn your money from the ground up or find your wealth another way, there's one thing that's true: it's nice being rich. It enables you to be the person you've always wanted to be, whether that comes from giving money to others or spending it all on yourself. Either way, it's a wonderful place to be, and these historical high rollers are no different.
Suleiman This particular high roller is our pick for the 16th century. Suleiman the Magnificent was the ruler of the Ottoman Empire. This ruler was one of the good guys; he protected his subjects by passing anti-discrimination laws. He was also the longest-reigning monarch of the Ottoman Empire. Because of his long reign of one of the wealthiest empires, his collective wealth is unknown; however, he boasted a harem of over two thousand. He loved giant hats along with the finest jewelry of the time.
AurangzebOur next high-roller was the emperor of India. He was the sixth Mughal emperor, to be exact. His rise to power happened after he won the "War of Succession" over his brothers. He ruled for 49 years and was highly successful and wealthy. He leveled the playing field for workers by making sure their skills counted for the work that they were doing, rather than religious factors. By the end of his reign, he was worth more than King Louis XIV of France.
HoyleFor the 18th century, Edmund Hoyle is a particular person of interest. He was a self-made man and wrote books on how to play games like chess, backgammon, and other games. He enjoyed learning about strategy and finding new ways to win over an opponent. Because of his obsession with games and learning about how they worked, he wrote many of the codes and rules followed today in many traditional games that you yourself might play and enjoy.
CarnegieThe next person on our list was a high-roller and a philanthropist. Andrew Carnegie was a self-made man. He emigrated to the U.S. as a child and made his fortune in the steel industry. He led the expansion of the steel industry, which brought about innovation and change. While he made a lot of money, he ended up giving away 90% of it to philanthropic causes, which made him one of the leading philanthropists in America and the U.K. at the time.
GatesAs we move into the 20th century, the high-rollers become more recognizable. Bill Gates is very well known and respected. As the founder of Microsoft, he innovated how the world uses a computer with Windows OS. His ability to dream up how the world should interact with a computer solidified his place as one of the wealthiest men in the 20th century. His philanthropy is just as well-known as his wealth. He is continually finding ways to make the world a better place through his work in other countries. He has put his money to good use throughout his life and continues to do so to this day.
BezosIf you've shopped Amazon, then you've heard of Jeff Bezos. The founder of the e-commerce company that has turned shopping into one of the easiest things you can do is currently the world's richest man. He takes the number one spot for the 21st century as of now. He's another innovator that started with a small idea and made it into a worldwide way of shopping. As another self-made man, he's worked his way to the top and has, overall, worked to make the world better. He has various philanthropic outlets and is constantly looking for a way to make his business more efficient.
While you may recognize some of the high-rollers on this list, they have all made their fortune in different ways. Some use their wealth to help others around them and make the world a better place for everyone. After all, we can't all be ridiculously wealthy, but we can work towards a goal of bettering ourselves and our knowledge that will, in turn, make our personal lives better in the long run.