When you think about who the richest person to have lived on this earth you might think about the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, The Rockerfellers, The Rothchilds but what you might not be aware of is the fact that the richest man to ever live actually lived in one of Africa’s poor country Mali. Mansa Musa was Mali’s ruler in the 1300s and is estimated to have had a net worth of around $400 billion is today’s money.
Mansa Musa rose to lead the Mali empire in 1312 after Abu Bakr died and is reported to have caused gold value decline in Egypt when he gave away considerable amounts of gold when he was on his way to Mecca in 1324. The gold giveaway in Egypt made the country recover its gold value a decade later. During his reign he is credited to have built many libraries, mosques, universities, artisans and this led to the rise of Timbuktu as one of the leading cities in the world during that time.
His fame eventually saw his name being printed on maps of that period, and he reigned for 25 years until he died in 1337. Subsequent family disputes, civil wars eventually led to the depletion of his wealth and as they say the rest was history.