Most individuals probably think Bill Gates is as yet the richest man in the world. Granted, he used to be, but he was never the richest person that ever lived.
Who Is the Richest Person That Ever Lived?
According to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index, in 2018, Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon, took up the throne as richest man presently, having crossed the $150 billion mark and replacing Bill Gates, Co-Founder or Microsoft, who held the position for several years, and whose all-time high total assets was valued at simply above $100 billion in 1999.
However, from the beginning of time, there have been more richer men. However sadly, there is no richer women.
But who is truly the richest person that ever lived?
At an estimated value of $400 billion, Mansa Musa I of Mali is the richest person who ever lived. Born in 1280, Mansa Musa was ruler of the Malian domain, and acquired the most part of his wealth from the production and trade of salt and gold; more than half of the world’s supply at the time in fact.
You’ve probably never heard of this ruler, unless of course you live in a country that was heavily influenced by his rule, which would be several African countries with Muslim heritage. Still today there are mosques standing that were based on the back of Musa’s monstrous wealth.
He passed on in 1337. Musa left his enormous amount of cash to his beneficiaries, who squandered the best part, but failed to ensure the family worth only two generations down the line, when the realm was toppled in common war and conquered by invading foreign nations. Musa was the 10th Mansa of the Malian domain and ruled over the better part of what was already the Ghana realm, today known as Mauritania and Mali.
His titles, surprisingly unrelated to his stacks of cash, include among others: “Emir of Melle,” “Lord of the Mines of Wangara,” and “Conqueror of Ghanata.” According to David C. Conrad’s “Realms of Medieval West Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhay,” during his rule, Musa conquered 24 urban areas and their surrounding districts, amassing wealth left, right and focus. On top of this, he was the world’s greatest gold maker and distributor, as gold was a profoundly looked for commodity at the time, and an important indication of status and affluence.
It has been reported that in order to satisfy one of the five pillars of Islam, Mansa Musa made a 4,000 mile pilgrimage to Mecca, and went through senseless amounts of cash in doing thus, as of course a Mansa as such had to travel in both style and extravagance. TED Ed author Jessica Smith says: “Not one to travel on a careful spending plan, he brought a caravan stretching as far as the eye could see.” The 60,000 in number caravan was rumored to have included 1,000 aides, 100 gold-packed camels, unlimited musicians the Mansa delighted in, and 500 or more slaves with brilliant staffs.
Alongside his heritage Musa’s assets are estimated to be worth an inconceivable amount, and although historians and economists have adjusted said value to around $400 billion, according to Time magazine: “There’s really no real way to put an accurate number on his wealth.” In fact, some believe that Mansa Musa’s incredible fortune may have been marginally exaggerated by his contemporaries, and that the Rothschild Family, the most fruitful banking family in history, may be in fact the leader for the richest person/persons who ever lived.