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Started 23rd Aug, 2018

Who has been the wealthiest person in all of recorded history to date ?

Is that person to be found amongst the present billionaires ? Or are these figures to be found from our long gone past ?

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17th Feb, 2022
Shuraik Kader
Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology
Mansa Musa of Mali is the most wealthiest person the history has ever recorded.

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24th Aug, 2018
Yakubu Francisco Yakubu
Nigerian National Petroleum Company Exploration and Production Ltd. (NNPC E&P)
I agree with Dr Wilkin.
Mansa (/Emperor) Musa Keita or Musa I of Mali (c. 1280 - c. 1337), a 14th century African emperor of the Mali Empire.
A Muslim emperor and a successful military leader.
Jeff Bezos the current richest man in the world is worth US$150 billion.
Mansa Musa's net worth adjusted to today's value is roughly US$400 billion.
The source of his wealth was his land's vast amounts of natural resources particularly, gold.
His wealth became known to the world in 1324 during his pilgrimage to Mecca. During this journey, he caused mass inflation in Cairo by spending so much gold on the poor.
Word of his wealth spread across the Mediterranean. He is included on the 1375 Catalan Atlas.
He built the legendary Djinguereber Mosque in Timbuktu, which still stands today.
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24th Aug, 2018
Michael Issigonis
Brandon University
When Alexander the Great usurped the Persian Empire he acquired an immense amount of gold in hundreds of thousands of "talents", don't know the current equivalent, but it was an immense amount.
He used it to finance his empire and successors' empires. His funeral procession was made mostly of golden items. It could have been a sight to see, but only a few saw it.
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24th Aug, 2018
Segun Michael Abegunde
The Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti
The wealthiest man is not easy to identify except the definition of wealth is given. However, am still of the opinion that the wealthiest is the person with heart of love, good family, sound health and satisfactory. A greedy man never satisfy even as Billionaire.
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24th Aug, 2018
Stanley Wilkin
University of London
The ancient king of present day Mali who controlled the flow of gold into Europe and Islam from Timbuctoo. So rich he controlled the economies of the Middle Ages' states around him.
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24th Aug, 2018
Yakubu Francisco Yakubu
Nigerian National Petroleum Company Exploration and Production Ltd. (NNPC E&P)
I agree with Dr Wilkin.
Mansa (/Emperor) Musa Keita or Musa I of Mali (c. 1280 - c. 1337), a 14th century African emperor of the Mali Empire.
A Muslim emperor and a successful military leader.
Jeff Bezos the current richest man in the world is worth US$150 billion.
Mansa Musa's net worth adjusted to today's value is roughly US$400 billion.
The source of his wealth was his land's vast amounts of natural resources particularly, gold.
His wealth became known to the world in 1324 during his pilgrimage to Mecca. During this journey, he caused mass inflation in Cairo by spending so much gold on the poor.
Word of his wealth spread across the Mediterranean. He is included on the 1375 Catalan Atlas.
He built the legendary Djinguereber Mosque in Timbuktu, which still stands today.
Huffingtonpost - Mansa Musa Of Mali Named World’s Richest Man Of All Time; Gates And Buffet Also Make List
Independent - Meet Mansa Musa I of Mali – the richest human being in all history
Forbes Africa - Person Of The Year For 1324
Business Insider by Pulse - Here's what it was like to be Mansa Musa, thought to be the richest person in history
RT - Space mining will produce world’s first trillionaire
news.com.au - Goldman predicts the world’s first trillionaire will mine asteroids
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24th Aug, 2018
Silburn Clarke
The University of the West Indies at Mona
Yukubu/Stanley,
Truly amazing insights and facts on Mansa Musa Keita
Silburn
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24th Aug, 2018
Stanley Wilkin
University of London
Thanks, Yukubu. I had forgotten his name.
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27th Aug, 2018
Giovanni della Mora
Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
It's quite impossible to answer. In my opinion, the richest man in history may be Augustus.
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31st Aug, 2018
Mateo Bratanić
University of Zadar
Croesus, king of Lydia
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31st Aug, 2018
Nicolai Nypan
University of Oslo
Crassus, Augustus, Kublai Khan, Suleiman the Great, Queen Victoria ... It can be hard to separate wealth from power.
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3rd Sep, 2018
Karl Pfeifer
University of Saskatchewan
@ Nicolai Nypan is correct that it can be hard to separate wealth from power. I would look for an absolute ruler of a large geographic region having an abundance of natural resources and a large population, wherein there may be nominal private property, but ultimately everything is really owned by the ruler, even the populace, who would have slave-commodity value. Queen Victoria wouldn't qualify, but maybe one of the Chinese emperors?
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25th Nov, 2018
Michael Issigonis
Brandon University
Alexander the Great who inherited the immense gold reserves of the Persian Empire (gold originated in the mines of today's Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan - in the so- called "Tien Shan Gold Belt" and has the world's biggest gold mines.
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9th Jul, 2021
Jack Munning
Rowan University
Isn’t Ghengis Khan’s net worth 100 trillion (adjusted to inflation)?
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2nd Aug, 2021
Yuriy Котляр Kotlyar
Petro Mohyla Black Sea State University
Mansa Musa (1280-1337, Mansi of the Empire of Mali) - wealth cannot be attained.
Octavian Augustus (63 BC - 14 AD, Roman emperor) - 4.6 trillion dollars.
Zhao Xu (1048-1085, Chinese Emperor Shen Zong) - wealth cannot be counted.
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17th Aug, 2021
Meena Gautam
National Informatics Centre
Difficult to answer such a question as more hypothetical in nature.
13th Nov, 2021
Md. Nayeem Hasan Pramanik
Pabna University of Science and Technology
Dear Dr. Silburn Clarke
It's difficult to respond to a question of this sort since it's more hypothetical.
17th Feb, 2022
Shuraik Kader
Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology
Mansa Musa of Mali is the most wealthiest person the history has ever recorded.

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