The International Financial Corporation (IFC)

In the late 16th century people of Holland did not even suspect that within a short period of time flowers would become the most profitable investment in their country. Everything began from a French florist who grew the first tulip in the Netherlands. An unusual plant caught the fancy of the local population. Since then almost every local resident was dreaming about to cultivate these flowers. Soon one bulb of the rare plant had the same price as a house or brewery. Despite this fact, the Dutch were not about to save their money on that and invested into this business everything they had. In such a way the investment turned poor people into reach, meanwhile the epoch of “tulipomania” had been lasting for a number of decades.