Mansa Musa: The Richest Man Of All Time With An Estimated Worth Of $400 Billion

Currently, there are 1,500 billionaires on the face of the earth. In 2017, Amazon’s CEO became the richest man with a fortune of $90.6 billion. However, he isn’t the richest man of all time.

Mansa Musa I of Mali – the obscure 14th-century African king, is named as the richest man in all history. With a fortune speculated to be worth $400 billion dollars, he is literally richer than any human on this planet.


Mansa Musa 1 ruled West Africa’s Malian Empire in the 13th Century. He ruled the parts of modern-day  Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Chad. Apparently, he made moolah by exploiting the country. After his death, his heirs were unable to hang on to the fortune.

While Musa was the king, he expanded borders of his territory and his empire stretched about 2000 miles. Clearly, it wasn’t all about the moolah for Musa.


“Material riches weren’t the king’s only concern,” says Smith. “As a devout Muslim, he took a particular interest in Timbuktu.”

He urbanized the city of Timbuktu by building schools, mosques, and a major university. Many mosques that he built when he was young are still standing.


 “Chroniclers describe an entourage of tens of thousands of soldiers, civilians and slaves, 500 heralds bearing gold staffs and dressed in fine silks, and many camels and horses bearing an abundance of gold bars.”

It is said that once in Cairo, he donated so much gold that it caused inflation. It took a year for the city’s economy to stabilize. Everyone knows that much amount of money can turn anyone into a philanthropist.

We wonder how it would be if he was living in this century.

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