When it comes to wealth, the world has a lot of wealthy people, who are successful in various businesses. In this article, these people are not the focus, but the 10 richest men of all time.
10. Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan of the Mongolian Empire was born in Temüjin Borjigin, lived between 1162 and 1227. He was the CEO and first Great Khan and Emperor of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death. He was a military leader.
Khan came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of Northeast Asia. He conquered most of Eurasia when launched the Mongol invasions, after founding the Empire and being proclaimed Genghis Khan. According to scholars, Genghis Khan never hoarded his wealth and was said to be generous with his wealth.
9. Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos is the founder and president of Amazon, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States on January 12th, 1964. He is an internet entrepreneur, industrialist, media proprietor, and investor. Bezos graduated from Princeton University with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science in 1986. According to Forbes, Bezos’s current net worth is $151.6 billion which still made him one of the richest men on earth.
8. Alan Rufus (a.k.a. Alan the Red)
Alan Rufus 1st Lord of Richmond was the second son of Eozen Penteur and nephew of William the Conqueror. He joined his uncle in the Norman conquest. Alan lived between 1040 and 1093. According to Bill Rubinstein and Phillip Beresford, Alan died with £11,000 which would amount to $194 billion in 2014 dollars.
7. John D. Rockefeller
Rockefeller was an American business magnate. In 1863, Rockefeller began investing in the petroleum industry and by 1880 his Standard Oil company controlled 90% of American oil production. He lived between 1839 and 1937. He was valued at about 1.5 billion dollars according to his New York Times obituary. In 2014, his wealth was equivalent to 341 billion dollars.
6. Andrew Carnegie
Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist, and philanthropist, who lived between 1835 and 1919. He led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century and became in history one of the richest Americans. During the last 18 years of his lifetime, Carnegie gave away $350 million to charities, foundations, and universities which was conservatively $65 billion dollars in 2019 and almost 90 percent of his fortune. He was worth $372 billion.
5. Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (a.k.a. Koba)
Joseph Stalin born Ioseb Besarionis dzе Djugashvili, lived between 1878 and 1953. He was a Georgian revolutionary and Soviet politician. He led the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s to 1953 as the general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1922 until 1952 and premier of the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1953.
Joseph Stalin controlled USSR’s wealth, which had 9.6% of global GDP. He was nominated as one of the richest people of all time by multiple economists because it was almost impossible to separate his wealth from the wealth of the Soviet Union.
4. Abu’l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar
Abu’l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar was known as Akbar the Great. He lived between 1542 and 1605. He was the third Mughal emperor, who reigned from 1556 to 1605. Akbar succeeded his father, Humayun, under a regent, Bairam Khan, who helped the young emperor expand and consolidate Mughal domains in India. His power and influence extended over the entire subcontinent because of Mughal military, political, cultural, and economic dominance.
Akbar established a centralized system of administration throughout his empire and adopted a policy of conciliating conquered rulers through marriage and diplomacy to unify the vast Mughal state and ruled India’s Mughal Dynasty, which had 25% of global GDP.
3. Emperor Shenzong
Emperor Shenzong of Song personal name is Zhao Xu. He was the sixth emperor of the Song dynasty in China. Original, his personal name was Zhao Zhongzhen but after his coronation, he changed it to “Zhao Xu”. He reigned from 1067 until his death in 1085. He lived between 1048 and 1085. Zhau ruled China’s Song Dynasty, which had 25% to 30% of global GDP.
2. Augustus Caesar
Augustus Caesar was a Roman statesman and military leader who became the first emperor of the Roman Empire, he lived between 63 BC and 14 AD. Caesar reigning from 27 BC until his death in AD 14 in Rome. He initiated an era of relative peace known as the Pax Romana during his reign. In human history, his status as the founder of the Roman Principate has consolidated an enduring legacy as one of the most effective and controversial leaders. He was in charge of an empire that accounted for 25% to 30% of the world’s economic output and at one point, he held personal wealth equivalent to one-fifth of his empire’s economy. His wealth stood at $4.6 trillion.
1. Mansa Musa
Mansa Musa, was the tenth emperor of the Mali Empire, an Islamic West African state. He lived between 1280 and 1337. He held many titles, such as “Emir of Melle”, “Lord of the Mines of Wangara”, and “Conqueror of Ghanata”. During his reign, Musa conquered 24 cities, along with their surrounding districts. During Musa’s reign, Mali may have been the largest producer of gold in the world, and he has been considered one of the richest people in history. Musa has been described as the wealthiest individual of the Middle Ages and also the richest man of all time.