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Meet Mansa Musa I of Mali – the richest human being in all history

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-history/meet-mansa-musa-i-of-mali-the-richest-human-being-in-all-history-8213453.html

When we think of the world’s all-time richest people, names like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and John D Rockefeller immediately come to mind.

But few would have thought, or even heard of, Mansa Musa I of Mali – the obscure 14th century African king who was today named the richest person in all history.

With an inflation adjusted fortune of $400 billion, Mansa Musa I would have been considerably richer than the world’s current richest man, Carlos Slim, who ranks in 22nd place with a relatively paltry $68 billion.

The list, compiled by the Celebrity Net Worth website, ranks the world’s 24 richest people of all time. The list advertises itself as the top 25, but 26 names appear in the list.

Although the list spans 1000 years, some aspects of wealth appear consistent throughout history; there are no women on the list, only three members are alive today, and 14 of the top 25 are American.

The list uses the annual 2199.6 per cent rate of inflation to adjust historic fortunes – a formula that means $100 million in 1913 would be equal to £2.299.63 billion today.

Mansa Musa I ruled West Africa’s Malian Empire in the early 1300s, making his fortune by exploiting his country’s salt and gold production. Many mosques he built as a young man still stand today.

After Mansa Musa I death in 1331, however, his heirs were unable to hang on to the fortune, and it was substantially depleted by civil wars and invading armies.

Second on the list are the Rothschild family, whose descendants are still among the richest people on the planet. Starting out in banking in the late 18th Century, Mayer Amschel Rothschild’s finance house accumulated a total wealth of $350 billion. The money has since been divided between hundreds of descendants, many of whom are business leaders today.

Meanwhile John D. Rockefeller, third on the list, is the richest American to have ever lived, worth $340billion in today's USD at the time of his death in 1937.

In comparison, the poorest man on the list is 82-year-old Warren Buffett, who at his peak net worth, before he started giving his fortune to charity, was $64billion.

Here’s the full list of the ‘26 richest people of all time’:

1. Mansa Musa I, (Ruler of Malian Empire, 1280-1331) $400 billion

2. Rothschild Family (banking dynasty, 1740- ) $350 billion

3. John D Rockefeller (industrialist, 1839-1937) $340 billion

4. Andrew Carnegie (industrialist, 1835-1919) $310 billion

5. Tsar Nicholas II of Russia (last Emperor of Russia, 1868-1918) $300 billion

6. Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII (last ruler of Hyderabad, 1886-1967) $236 billion

7. William the Conqueror (King of England, 1028-1087) $229.5 billion

8. Muammar Gaddafi (former Libyan leader, 1942-2011) $200 billion

9. Henry Ford (Ford Motor Company founder, 1863-1947) $199 billion

10. Cornelius Vanderbilt (industrialist, 1794-1877) $185 billion

11. Alan Rufus (Fighting companion of William the Conqueror, 1040-1093) $178.65 billion

12. Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft, 1955- ) $136 billion

13. William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey (Norman nobleman, ??-1088) $146.13 billion

14. John Jacob Astor (businessman, 1864-1912) $121 billion

15. Richard Fitzalan, 10th Earl of Arundel (English nobleman, 1306-1376) £118.6 billion

16. John of Gaunt (son of Edward III, 1330-1399) £110 billion

17. Stephen Girard (shipping and banking mogul, 1750-1831) $105 billion

18. Alexander Turney Stewart (entrepreneur, 1803-1876) $90 billion

19. Henry, 1st Duke of Lancaster (English noble, 1310-1361) $85.1 billion

20. Friedrich Weyerhaeuser (timber mogul, 1834-1914) $80 billion

21. Jay Gould (railroad tycoon, 1836-1892) $71 billion

22. Carlos Slim (business magnate, 1940- ) $68 billion

23. Stephen Van Rensselaer (land owner, 1764- 1839) $68 billion

24. Marshall Field (Marshall Field & Company founder, 1834-1906) $66 billion

25. Sam Walton (Walmart founder, 1918-1992) $65billion

26. Warren Buffett (investor, 1930- ) $64billion
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Comments

  • mrrealone
    mrrealone Members Posts: 3,793 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yeah, I seen this story making its rounds on fb too......


    Cool to see dude was from Africa.....
  • xxCivicxx
    xxCivicxx stew Members Posts: 6,927 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I doubt that Rothschild # is accurate
  • Brian B.
    Brian B. Members Posts: 6,717 ✭✭✭✭✭
    xxCivicxx wrote: »
    I doubt that Rothschild # is accurate


    Yea, I've read from multiple sources they're in the TRILLIONS



    but who knows, who cares... "what you eat don't make me 🤬 ..."
  • zzombie
    zzombie Members Posts: 11,280 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The Rothschilds aren't what they used to be but only because other people and families have gained greater wealth not because they necessarily lost wealth
  • Olorun22
    Olorun22 Members Posts: 5,696 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Gold is the standard and he had the most ever.
  • iron man1
    iron man1 Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist Avengers TowerMembers Posts: 29,989 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yea Mansa Munsa was that dude
  • Melqart
    Melqart Epistemophilic Pronounced Malk-artGuests, Members Posts: 3,679 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Gaddafi had all that bread is still got touched.

    Dude was trying to unite Africa and stop trading oil with US dollar.

    "According to more than a few observers, Gadhafi’s plan to quit selling Libyan oil in U.S. dollars — demanding payment instead in gold-backed “dinars” (a single African currency made from gold) — was the real cause. The regime, sitting on massive amounts of gold, estimated at close to 150 tons, was also pushing other African and Middle Eastern governments to follow suit."

    the west would've literally collapsed... say if just DR Congo were to have adhered to this, technological expansion the world over would almost grind to a halt.
  • Brian B.
    Brian B. Members Posts: 6,717 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Look at the list

    rothschilds been major in banks since the 1700's & still goin

    so you tellin me 1 man can amass 300b



    but a family doin this across the world for hundreds of years & it's not jus banks

    gold, oil, etc.


    ain't seen a trillion, ok
  • Rasta.
    Rasta. Mt. ZionMembers Posts: 9,342 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Copper wrote: »
    Gaddafi had all that bread is still got touched.

    He 🤬 off an entire country...money can't protect you from the world

    That's far from the truth unless country you mean USA
  • mrrealone
    mrrealone Members Posts: 3,793 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Gaddafi had all that bread is still got touched.

    Dude was trying to unite Africa and stop trading oil with US dollar.

    "According to more than a few observers, Gadhafi’s plan to quit selling Libyan oil in U.S. dollars — demanding payment instead in gold-backed “dinars” (a single African currency made from gold) — was the real cause. The regime, sitting on massive amounts of gold, estimated at close to 150 tons, was also pushing other African and Middle Eastern governments to follow suit."


    ...........


    Just curious, what's stopping someone else from picking up that idea where Gadhafi left off??
  • Rasta.
    Rasta. Mt. ZionMembers Posts: 9,342 ✭✭✭✭✭
    mrrealone wrote: »
    Gaddafi had all that bread is still got touched.

    Dude was trying to unite Africa and stop trading oil with US dollar.

    "According to more than a few observers, Gadhafi’s plan to quit selling Libyan oil in U.S. dollars — demanding payment instead in gold-backed “dinars” (a single African currency made from gold) — was the real cause. The regime, sitting on massive amounts of gold, estimated at close to 150 tons, was also pushing other African and Middle Eastern governments to follow suit."


    ...........


    Just curious, what's stopping someone else from picking up that idea where Gadhafi left off??

    You saw what happened to him right? Anyway, his speech to the Arab league before they went after him...

  • D0wn
    D0wn Members Posts: 10,818 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Mansa Musa Actually inherited all the riches, from his brother who left Mali and set sail to the Americas 200 years before colombus.
  • Ajackson17
    Ajackson17 On the shoulders of Giants and Elders in history UniverseMembers Posts: 22,501 ✭✭✭✭✭
    D0wn wrote: »
    Mansa Musa Actually inherited all the riches, from his brother who left Mali and set sail to the Americas 200 years before colombus.

    His uncle not brother.
  • Ajackson17
    Ajackson17 On the shoulders of Giants and Elders in history UniverseMembers Posts: 22,501 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Nah, africans can figure out their own economy.
  • TayGettem
    TayGettem Members Posts: 6,859 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Ehhh I rather prefer America anyway
  • northside7
    northside7 Members Posts: 25,739 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Brian B. wrote: »
    Look at the list

    rothschilds been major in banks since the 1700's & still goin

    so you tellin me 1 man can amass 300b



    but a family doin this across the world for hundreds of years & it's not jus banks

    gold, oil, etc.


    ain't seen a trillion, ok

    Something like $10 trillion. Supposedly the world's only trillionaires.
  • Copper
    Copper The WickMembers Posts: 49,532 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Rasta. wrote: »
    Copper wrote: »
    Gaddafi had all that bread is still got touched.

    He 🤬 off an entire country...money can't protect you from the world

    That's far from the truth unless country you mean USA

    Ghaddafi had a long list of political enemies, especially in the west
  • Rasta.
    Rasta. Mt. ZionMembers Posts: 9,342 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sion wrote: »
    Just a quick note, Sam Walton is on there with $65 billion but what's crazy is that much of his fortune also got split up onto his kids, if you add Sam Walton and then the worth of his kids today he's in the top 5 (too tired to do the math right now). A testament to how powerful Wal-Mart is.

    Good Lord at Bill Gates, I think Rockefeller should be #2 - the most 🤬 up part about this tho is Mansa Musa has been dead all these years and WILL STILL become the first trillionaire, they could give all these cats more centuries and technological advancements and he's still crushing them. That's cold fam LLOLOLOLOLOL.
    Abraxas wrote: »
    Gaddafi had all that bread is still got touched.

    Dude was trying to unite Africa and stop trading oil with US dollar.

    "According to more than a few observers, Gadhafi’s plan to quit selling Libyan oil in U.S. dollars — demanding payment instead in gold-backed “dinars” (a single African currency made from gold) — was the real cause. The regime, sitting on massive amounts of gold, estimated at close to 150 tons, was also pushing other African and Middle Eastern governments to follow suit."

    the west would've literally collapsed... say if just DR Congo were to have adhered to this, technological expansion the world over would almost grind to a halt.

    No Africa and it's many countries would have been in trouble. African countries have more to gain having the U.S. as a trade partner than the other way around. America is still the largest economy in the world and currently the largest oil exporter as well.

    Bruh do your homework and let's talk again
  • Rasta.
    Rasta. Mt. ZionMembers Posts: 9,342 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Copper wrote: »
    Rasta. wrote: »
    Copper wrote: »
    Gaddafi had all that bread is still got touched.

    He 🤬 off an entire country...money can't protect you from the world

    That's far from the truth unless country you mean USA

    Ghaddafi had a long list of political enemies, especially in the west

    Well the West literally translates to US (as in America's enemy is NATO's enemy)
  • Melqart
    Melqart Epistemophilic Pronounced Malk-artGuests, Members Posts: 3,679 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sion wrote: »
    Just a quick note, Sam Walton is on there with $65 billion but what's crazy is that much of his fortune also got split up onto his kids, if you add Sam Walton and then the worth of his kids today he's in the top 5 (too tired to do the math right now). A testament to how powerful Wal-Mart is.

    Good Lord at Bill Gates, I think Rockefeller should be #2 - the most 🤬 up part about this tho is Mansa Musa has been dead all these years and WILL STILL become the first trillionaire, they could give all these cats more centuries and technological advancements and he's still crushing them. That's cold fam LLOLOLOLOLOL.
    Abraxas wrote: »
    Gaddafi had all that bread is still got touched.

    Dude was trying to unite Africa and stop trading oil with US dollar.

    "According to more than a few observers, Gadhafi’s plan to quit selling Libyan oil in U.S. dollars — demanding payment instead in gold-backed “dinars” (a single African currency made from gold) — was the real cause. The regime, sitting on massive amounts of gold, estimated at close to 150 tons, was also pushing other African and Middle Eastern governments to follow suit."

    the west would've literally collapsed... say if just DR Congo were to have adhered to this, technological expansion the world over would almost grind to a halt.

    No Africa and it's many countries would have been in trouble. African countries have more to gain having the U.S. as a trade partner than the other way around. America is still the largest economy in the world and currently the largest oil exporter as well.

    So you're saying that if there was a gold backed currency traded by african nations....that the west could compete with any other means than military?
  • CEOFABRIC
    CEOFABRIC MORE STRINGER BELL THAN AVON BARKSDALEMembers Posts: 167 ✭✭
    edited November 2015
    @Rasta. Killer Mike touched on it in the song "Reagan"
  • Rasta.
    Rasta. Mt. ZionMembers Posts: 9,342 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sion wrote: »
    Rasta. wrote: »
    Sion wrote: »
    Just a quick note, Sam Walton is on there with $65 billion but what's crazy is that much of his fortune also got split up onto his kids, if you add Sam Walton and then the worth of his kids today he's in the top 5 (too tired to do the math right now). A testament to how powerful Wal-Mart is.

    Good Lord at Bill Gates, I think Rockefeller should be #2 - the most 🤬 up part about this tho is Mansa Musa has been dead all these years and WILL STILL become the first trillionaire, they could give all these cats more centuries and technological advancements and he's still crushing them. That's cold fam LLOLOLOLOLOL.
    Abraxas wrote: »
    Gaddafi had all that bread is still got touched.

    Dude was trying to unite Africa and stop trading oil with US dollar.

    "According to more than a few observers, Gadhafi’s plan to quit selling Libyan oil in U.S. dollars — demanding payment instead in gold-backed “dinars” (a single African currency made from gold) — was the real cause. The regime, sitting on massive amounts of gold, estimated at close to 150 tons, was also pushing other African and Middle Eastern governments to follow suit."

    the west would've literally collapsed... say if just DR Congo were to have adhered to this, technological expansion the world over would almost grind to a halt.

    No Africa and it's many countries would have been in trouble. African countries have more to gain having the U.S. as a trade partner than the other way around. America is still the largest economy in the world and currently the largest oil exporter as well.

    Bruh do your homework and let's talk again

    Well I'm curious to read your perspective and hopefully engage you in debate in hopes of obtaining new information I had not known. So I'd like your perspective since the topic is so vast I'm not sure where to start but to ask the very same person who seems passionate about the topic at hand.

    The ball is in your court to convince me otherwise.... i contend your initial assertion of the African economies potentially faltering due to lack of trade with the US as infantile at best. We'll start with natural resources as the dude you quoted espoused re: DRC