13 Salaries of Historic Figures

How much money have the most famous, accomplished people in history made? The answer is … definitely not as much as any of their estates are worth now. 

Note: Current-day salaries are roughly calculated and are solely intended for an entertaining reference of scale. 

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Edgar Allan Poe YEARLY INCOME SALARY IN 1835 $624 ESTIMATED SPENDING POWER NOW $18,500

Source: Edgar A. Poe: His Income as Literary Entrepreneur

12

Babe Ruth RED SOX CRACKED COM 1919 SEASON PAY $10,000 ESTIMATED SPENDING POWER NOW $150,000

Source: National Baseball Hall of Fame

11

Jackie Robinson BROOKLYN DODGERS CRACKED COM 1947 SEASON PAY $5, 00o ESTIMATED SPENDING POWER NOW $58,0 000

Source: ESPN

10

Michelangelo SISTINE CHAPEL CRACKED CON COMMISSION FOR 1508-1512 000 ducats For reference, Michelangelo was making good money when he received 200-450 ducats per sculpture.

Source: Michelangelo, 1475-1564

9

Leonardo da Vinci KING OF FRANCE CRACKED COM YEARLY STIPEND 400 ducats Da Vinci received a generous yearly payment from the King. For reference, 1 ducat was 10 days pay for one of da Vinci's students.

Source: Fleurty Herald

8

Jane Austen MANSFIELD PARK SALARY IN 1814 f300 ESTIMATED SPENDING POWER NOW $60,000

Source: Jane Austen

7

Judy Garland WIZARD OF OZ CRACKEDcO SALARY IN 1939 For comparision, her male $500/week co-stars made $2500 to 3000 per week. The ESTIMATED SPENDING POWER NOW dog who played $9,300/week Toto made 25/week.

Source: LA Times

6

Ludvig van Beethoven YEARLY INCOME SALARY IN 1809 Beethoven made 00o florins this allowance via three patrons on the condition ESTIMATED SPENDING POWER NOW he remained $530,000 in Vienna.

Source: Adzuna

5

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart AVERAGE YEARLY INCOME SALARY IN 1786 000 florins ESTIMATED SPENDING POWER NOW $400,

Source: New York Times

4

Charles Dickens PICKWICK PAPERS CRACKED COM SALARY IN 1836 f400 In his first book, Dickens made a farthing (1/4 of a ESTIMATED SPENDING POWER NOW British penny) $238,000 per word.

Source: Fine Books Magazine

3

Marilyn Monroe GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES CRACKED.COM SALARY IN 1953 Monroe was $18,000 under contract with 20th Century Fox. Her freelance ESTIMATED SPENDING POWER NOW co-star received $175,600 $100,000 for the movie.

Source: Vanity Fair

2

Albert Einstein PRINCETON UNIVERSTY K CRACKED.CON SALARY IN 1933 Einstein $10,000 suggested a lower salary, but the university wanted to ESTIMATED SPENDING POWER NOW ensure he was $178,000 the highest paid scholar there.

Source: Yahoo Finance

1

George Washington PRESIDENT SALARY IN 1789 $25,000 ESTIMATED SPENDING POWER NOW $4.5 million

Source: Congressional Records

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