Robert Cecil, Earl Of Salisbury

 

  • Richest of the Rich position: 142
  • Birth/Death: 1563-1612
  • Origin of wealth: Land
  • Wealth: £110,000
  • Net National Income: £25m
  • Net National Income Percent: 0.44%
  • In Today’s Money: £4.883 billion

Robert Cecil was the second son of Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I’s great Minister. His heir was regarded as stupid, so Burghley devoted his affection and training on his younger son, who proved to be a genius at statecraft. At 21, he entered the Commons and at 27 was in effect Secretary of State without the title. But it was his skill rather than his father’s patronage that had helped his advance. Noted for his caution, prudence and hard work, he was well regarded by Elizabeth, and when his father died in 1598, Cecil succeeded him as Master of the Wards

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