On the contrary, Thomas Edison took all the fame and material rewards..I am not saying that Thomas Edison does not deserve what he has gotten so far..
But, it is the fact that True Genius from Serbia did not get what he should have received in life...
Nicola Tesla lived most of his life in a hotel room in New York City... He could very well be the richest man in late 1800 to 1930s..He tore up the Royalty Agreement to save Westing House; He ignored the practical sides of inventing; He practiced the true Humanitarian Principle but died as a poor man...
Eventually, his papers w/ most of his inventive ideas were shipped back to Serbia...It is a shame for he is deemed as a Foreigner but made the most contributions to electrify the land he lived in, America!!!
The point: To succeed and To thrive in America need to learn the local rules and culture!!! To monetize your talents or subject to a lonely treatment!!!