They made their money the old-fashioned way: sheer dumb luck.

"The results are something of an eye-opener. Their simulations accurately reproduce the wealth distribution in the real world. But the wealthiest individuals are not the most talented (although they must have a certain level of talent). They are the luckiest. And this has significant implications for the way societies can optimize the returns they get for investments in everything from business to science."

technologyreview.com/2018/03/0

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@beckett Capital attracts capital. If you by luck already have a valuable property or money, it's much more likely you'll become richer faster than those who don't

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