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How rich was Shakespeare?

The playwright had a good business mind and was a canny investor

By Robert Bearman  

The plays of William Shakespeare, a painting by John Gilbert, 1849

Writing a proper biography of Shakespeare is virtually impossible given the shortage of hard data about him. Actually, it’s not that limited for someone who lived 400 years ago, and who never got significantly involved in the great lives of the great aristocratic and political families. (Although some have argued, optimistically, that he enjoyed the extensive patronage of the Earl of Southampton, to whom he dedicated two poems.) The problem…

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