Issue #488: One year out...
Regardless, we know that the halving will be occurring around this time next year. Between now and then 667,200 bitcoins will be mined. North of $5 Billion worth at the current prices. Not that much capital needed to scoop those freshly minted bitcoins when you think about it.
Issue #333: More on Bitcoin's distribution
You freaks have heard enough of me expounding on this topic, so I think it would be a good idea to peep this thread from our boy Dan Hedl. In it, Dan elaborates on and describes in finer detail the argument I attempted to make in the issue linked above.
Issue #311: Bitcoin wasn't pre-mined
So Satoshi definitely wasn't mining alone in the early days. Though, the number of people participating in Bitcoin during the early days was definitely slim. These early pioneers mined and lost a crazy amount of bitcoins before Bitcoin entered the planet's vernacular in earnest.