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Circa 1720, John Law (1671-1729). Scottish financier, theory of banking reform led to Mississippi River development scheme that collapsed in 1720, ruining thousands in France and Europe. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Circa 1720, John Law (1671-1729). Scottish financier, theory of banking reform led to Mississippi River development scheme that collapsed in 1720, ruining thousands in France and Europe. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)