History

Famous Misers and How They Lived

Most people have met at least one miser in their lifetime. You know the type: no matter how rich they may be, they hoard their money and spend as little of it as possible, delighting in their savings. Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol is perhaps the most famous miser (albeit a fictional one). Some other famous scrooges came from relatively modest means, like ol' Ebenezer, but the vast majority of them were insanely wealthy - and wanted to stay that way.

Some famous misers blackmailed their friends for free meals, ate rotten garbage, scammed free clinics, and even forced their house guests to use pay phones (that they installed in their mansions) - anything they could do to not spend one cent more than absolutely necessary. Read on for some of the wildest examples of miserly behavior throughout history.