Panelists Hari Kondabolu, Cheryl Dorsey and Brian Koppelman ready for TMSIDK‘s Money episode. (Photo: Lucy Sutton)
In the summer of 1890 in New York City, a young gentleman named George Parker approached a young immigrant couple. He talked to them, asked where they’re from and started a really nice conversation. He told them he was an engineer—and not just any engineer. He said he had the ownership rights of the Brooklyn Bridge.
So they got to talking and he finally admitted that he didn’t have a lot of business sense, but they seemed like they did. Before they knew it, they’d bought the Brooklyn Bridge. Parker sold the bridge to hundreds of immigrants during his years a con artist, for as much a $50,000—that’s $1.3 million in today’s money.
TMSIDK is going on a spending spree, from the Brooklyn Bridge to Ethiopia, meeting up with fundraisers, ancient traders and some money that should probably be laundered. Our panelists are: