Personal finance: boring or sometimes stranger than fiction?

I understand most people think that personal finance is boring. But consider this: some of the world’s most fascinating (and bizarre) stories are linked to personal finance. Many have been made into enthralling documentaries or movies. Here’s a small list:

  • All The Money in The World
  • Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
  • Generation Wealth
  • The Big Short
  • The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
  • The Laundromat
  • The Polka King
  • The Queen of Versailles
  • The Tinder Swindler
  • WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn

Money has a knack for triggering some extraordinary stories. You get to read about some of them through Mission: Possible, including:

  • The investor who lost his reputation and a cool $20 billion within two days. Historically, no one had ever lost so much so quickly.
  • The Australian who to people‚Äôs surprise bequeathed millions to charity after earning a basic salary.
  • The man who tried to rob a bank using the juice of an everyday fruit.
  • A genius who understood physics, but not the madness of people.
  • The band members who burned their profits (about four million in today’s dollars) in the name of art.
  • The servant who outwitted his king with a board game and a common grain.
  • The peculiar maths genius who switched careers mid-life and became one of the most successful yet relatively unknown investors of all time.
  • The expert on gullibility who fell for history’s most prominent financial scam.

So, who says the topic needs to be boring? Enjoy the read!