As a young man in Paris borrowed money from Richard Cantillon to speculate in shares in Mississippi Company and the South Sea Company. He made a vast paper fortune, whereupon he offered Augustus II the Strong the King of Poland 3,000,000 pounds for his crown. When this offer was declined he made a similar offer for the crown of Sardinia. Later he was granted a silver mine, and entered into the service of the King of Spain, given the command of his armies in Sicily and Lombardy, and created a grandee (March 1743) of the first class of the kingdom of Spain. He was also presented by the King of Naples with the order of San Gennaro, and a pension of 4000 ducats a year. He married Lady Mary Herbert who was also involved in Gages' financial speculations. She was twice bailed out by her father, William Herbert, 1st Marquess of Powis after incurring substantial losses.
Richard Cantillon: Entrepreneur and Economist by Antoin E. Murphy ISBN 0-19-828535-3
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