John Pemble: Rich Britons
24 September 2009
Show More Who Were the Rich? A Biographical Directory of British Wealth-Holders. Vol. I: 1809-39 by William Rubinstein.
Social Affairs Unit, 516 pp., £20, May 2009, 978 1 904863 39 7Show More
“... new fortunes outgrew the old ones that nurtured them, and in some cases dwarfed them. An ironmonger, a tailor, a lacemaker, a potter and a jeweller all died better off than the royals they served. Philip Rundell, diamond jeweller by appointment, was a millionaire. The personal assets of Queen Charlotte, his most important customer, were valued at £140,000 – diamonds, presumably, included. Some ...”