He Was the Richest Man In History, But You’ve Probably Never Heard of Him
You might think you know something about the richest men in the world by reading Forbes’ annual rankings, but you’ll have to go back a long time to find the richest man in history.
It was Mansa Musa, the king of the Mali Empire from 1280-1337.
His net worth is estimated to be about $400 billion in today’s dollars, or more than four times as wealthy as the richest man today.
He made his money by mining both salt and gold.
His home was Timbuktu, which was rich in both minerals, considered to be almost priceless at the time.
His birth name was Musa Keita…
…but was renamed Mansa Musa, which means “King of Kings.”
He exploited new and emerging trade routes to find new markets for his valuable assets.
As the trade routes grew, so too did the size of his kingdom.
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