TIL about Marcus Licinius Crassus, an ancient Roman who was the richest man in his time in history. He gained his wealth largely through slaves, politics, and real estate. In mockery of his greed, melted gold was poured in his mouth after his death.

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  1. He organized the first formal fire brigade in history. Of course, this was actually a money-making scheme for him – if your house was on fire, his brigade would show up, and do nothing unless you sold him the house at, well, a fire-sale price. As a result, he earned a fortune in real estate.

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