12 publishers rejected the manuscript of 'Harry Potter' before Bloomsbury finally agreed to publish the immortal story of a boy who survived. This kind of magic occurred thanks to the advice of daughter of the head of publishers - the eight-year Alice. Books were eventually translated into 60 languages, and Rowling has earned about $1 billion.
James Howells bought 7,500 Bitcoins in 2009 when their value was nearly equal to zero. By 2013, one Bitcoin became valued at 613 pounds. Thus, Howells’ securities were valued at 4.5 million pounds. The only problem was that he left his driver with data in a drawer and forgot about it, and then tossed it with unnecessary paperworks. After realizing the terrible he tried to track down the driver, but he was told that it was on a total dump and could be anywhere.
The owners of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin have entered into negotiations with the founder of Excite, George Bell, in 1999 because they wanted to sell the search engine for $1 million. Bell was ready to pay no more than $750,000. Well, today Google has estimated at $365 billion. Whoops.
In 1914, a British soldier Henry Tandy, who is among the rank was marked by the highest number of medals during the First World War, passed by an unarmed and wounded Adolf Hitler lying in the gutter, but decided not to kill him.
In 2005, a Japanese exchange worker put value on their company at 190 million pounds after a mistake of trading at which he sold 610,000 shares at a price of 1 yen instead of selling one share for 610,000 yen as him ordered. The Exchange has rejected a request to cancel the sale of the company, so the company was forced to buy back its own shares.