“The Dutch East India Company was richer than Apple, Google and Facebook combined”

From the Dutch Review:

The company was also the first official company to issue stocks, which peaked during the Dutch “Tulip Mania”, a craze for tulip bulbs that is seen as the world’s first true financial bubble. The VOC’s stocks pushed the company’s worth to a massive 78 million Dutch guilders, which is a pretty solid business even today, but translates to a whopping $7,9 trillion dollar worth today… Yes, really, trillion. That’s 7,900 billion – or 79,000 million!

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2 thoughts on ““The Dutch East India Company was richer than Apple, Google and Facebook combined”

  1. The dutch! They’re richer than we all know. How about that.

    In the movie Gandhi, there’s a pan over a city somewhere in Africa and one of the signs over a building reads, “Witteveen”.

    My dad can speak to South Africans who speak Afrikaans without a hitch. The dutch had conquered the a lot of the world back in the day. Go figure. 🙂

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