In recent times at the mention of richest men, names such as Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos,Muammar Gaddafi etc. comes to mind but how to these people rank compared those who lived in the past?
Elon Musk who is currently the richest man alive have a net worth of about $195bn which is a lot of money, but looks meagre when compared to the wealth controlled by some people in the past. There are a few dictators and monarchs who have conquered a lot of lands and plunder on the wealth of many nature through wars, tax etc which raise their wealths to crazy figure, however not all are rulers as we have great businessmen also on the list, such as Carnegie and Rockefeller also on the list.
Here is a list of the 10 richest people who ever lived:
10. Osman Ali khan.
Highest total Worth : $236bn
The last leader of Hyderabad in India, Khan was the head of the royal state from 1911 to 1948, and for a decent piece of the twentieth century he was known as the most extravagant man on the planet with an estimated net worth of $2 billion by the mid 40s which is equal to 2% of the US economy or around $230 billion today. Ali is the Richest indian ever.
9. Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov of Russia.
Highest total worth : $300bn
Disastrous Nicholas Romanov administered over the Russian Empire from 1894 to 1917, during which time he had full admittance to the country's coffers, making him one of the most extravagant rulers ever. Not one to rearrange his riches, a 1916 gauge of the tsar's money compares to $300 billion in the present world's money. Nicolas II was the last emperor of Russia.
8. Andrew Carnegie
Highest total worth : 372bn
From Scotland, Andrew Carnegie drove the immense development of the US steel industry (especially railways) in the late nineteenth century, mostly in rivalry with John D. Rockefeller (another name on the list) for several decades, they both control vast wealth during their and a big chunk of the US economy, he accumulates an individual fortune financial valued at $337 billion in todays money value. An all out humanitarian, Carnegie parted with 90% of his fortune to different humanitarian causes and instructive foundations (including over 3500 libraries) during the most stretches of his life. Carnegie once said "A man who dies rich dies disgraced"
7. Jakob Fugger.
Highest total worth : $400bn
Fittingly named 'Jakob the Rich', this broker, shipper and mining pioneer was by far Europe's richest man during the mid sixteenth century. His tremendous abundance empowered him to impact the legislative issues of the time, financing the ascent of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, just as bankrolling the Spanish King Charles V.
6. John D. Rockefeller.
Highest total worth : $418bn
Rockefeller in undoubtedly the richest American who ever lived, John D. Rockefeller established the Standard Oil organization in 1870 and wound up controlling around 90% of the US oil business. Financial specialist Peter Bernstein appraises that the industrialist turned humanitarian had an individual fortune of $367 billion in the present cash. Though his biggest rival Carnegie later overtook him later before his death. He is the richest non-monarch individual who ever lived as others above him are either king or Emperor.
5. King Solomon.
Highest total worth : over $2.5tr
As indicated by the Bible, King Solomon governed from 970 BC to 931 BC, and during this time he is said to have gotten 25 tons of gold for every one of the 39 years of his rule, which would be worth about billions (if not trillions) of dollars now. Alongside unthinkable wealth amassed from tax collection and exchange, the scriptural ruler's very own fortune have definitely outperformed $2 trillion in the present cash. Due to the large amount of wealth he controlled it is very difficult to put a value on his wealth, King Solomon according to the Bible is the richest man ever on earth.
4. Augustus Caeser.
Highest total worth : $4.63tr
The first and one of the greatest Roman ruler, who administered a huge empire from 27 BC until his demise in AD 14, flaunted an individual fortune comparable to a mammoth 20% of the whole Roman empire economy, worth $4.63 trillion these days. At a certain point Augustus even claimed Egypt. It wasn't to last long though. Poor financial execution and a progression of military disappointments tormented his last years as emperor.
3. Akbar 1.
Highest total worth : $21tr
Born in Pakistan, Akbar is a great supporter of human art, he head countless square miles of region and administered over a large part of the Indian subcontinent, known as the Mughal Empire from 1556 until 1605. He controlled around 25% of the entire world's GDP at that point, which would mean a faltering $21 trillion today.
2. Zhao xu (Emperor Shenzong of Song in China)
Highest total worth : about $30tr
1. Mansa Musa of Mali
Highest total worth: inestimable
Musa I is without doubt the most extravagant individual ever, accumulating a fortune not less than $30tr during his 25-year rule as a Malian monarch from 1312-1327. The King of Timbuktu and Malian ruler, who controlled an enormous realm which covered a lot of cutting edge Mali and Ghana, he owns half of the world's total stockpile of gold available in his time, which was exchanged with dealers from as distant as Venice, Genoa and Egypt. Musa during his holy pilgrimage to mecca almost singlehandedly crush the economy of Egypt when he passed through the land because of his lavish spending, realizing the effect of his actions he tries to buy back the gold's to save the country's economy on his way back.
The ruler built some building with gold's which are still very much alive till today.
There are some other wealthy people who unfortunately just couldn't make the list but deserves a mention, they include Genghis Khan, Williams the conqueror, Muammar Gaddafi, Elon Musk, Henry Ford, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jeff Bezos etc.
What's your take on my opinion about the top 10 richest men in history, kindly let me know through the comment section.
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