Mansa Musa is considered the richest man to have ever lived, according to historians. Photo: @Dr_TheHistories/Twitter
Mansa Musa is considered the richest man to have ever lived, according to historians. Photo: @Dr_TheHistories/Twitter

Who was Mansa Musa, the ‘richest man in history’ – and what would his net worth be now? Today’s billionaires don’t come close to the Mali Empire’s late ruler, who had ‘incomprehensible’ wealth

  • Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Gautam Adani may be among today’s richest billionaires, but if we go back in history, John D. Rockefeller and Augustus Caesar are considered richer
  • But imagine someone whose wealth, built on gold, salt and land, far exceeded many names you know today – meet Mansa Musa, a 14th century West African ruler

Mansa Musa is considered the richest man to have ever lived, according to historians. Photo: @Dr_TheHistories/Twitter
Mansa Musa is considered the richest man to have ever lived, according to historians. Photo: @Dr_TheHistories/Twitter
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