German merchants, proverbial for their great wealth. “Rich as a
Fugger” is common in Old English dramatists. Charles V. introduced some
of the family into Spain, where they superintended the mines.
“I am neither an Indian merchant, nor yet a Fugger, but a poor boy
like yourself.” —Gusman d'Alfarache.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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