John Hende


  • Richest of the Rich position: 184
  • Birth/Death: died 1418
  • Origin of wealth: Merchant
  • Wealth: £10,000
  • Net National Income: £3m
  • Net National Income Percent: 0.33%
  • In Today’s Money: £3.662 billion

John Hende was a successful and socially ambitious London merchant in the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. A draper by trade, Hende reckoned that debts owing to him and his stock of merchandise were worth around £4,000 to £5,000. He had around the same again in land, with manors in Kent and a mill, several manors and a quay in Essex. His income from his London property was put at around £54, six years before his death, while the Kent manors raked in £41 annually.

Hende died peacefully in 1418, leaving around £10,000, about £3.6bn in today’s money. Wealth Dynamics Free Test.

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