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’s 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!