Thomas Guy


    Richest of the Rich position: 166
  • Birth/Death: 1644-1724
  • Origin of wealth: Bookseller and printer
  • Wealth: £300,000
  • Net National Income: £85m
  • Net National Income Percent: 0.353%
  • In Today’s Money: £3.916 billion

Thomas Guy, the founder of London’s Guy’s Hospital, was born in nearby Southwark the son of a lighterman, coalmonger, and carpenter, and his wife from Tamworth in Staffordshire. His father died when Guy was eight and his mother returned to Tamworth, where she married again in 1661; her family were well known in the area, having furnished generations of parish officials. Guy was probably educated at Tamworth Free Grammar School, and in 1660, having returned to London, was apprenticed to John Clarke, bookseller, in Mercers’ Hall Porch, Cheapside. Eight years later he was admitted a freeman of the Stationers’ Company.

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