The Life and Times of Mansa Musa: The Richest Man in History
Mansa Musa , the ruler of the Mali Empire in the 14th century, is believed to be the wealthiest person in history, with a net worth of $400 billion in today's dollars. For reference, that’s four times Bill Gates’ network and a third more than John D. Rockefeller’s. His immense wealth was primarily derived from the gold and salt trade , which flourished under his reign. However, Mansa Musa's riches were not just limited to his empire; he became renowned worldwide for his generosity and wealth.
His famous pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324, during which he distributed vast amounts of gold to the people he encountered, cemented his reputation as a generous and wealthy king. In fact, his gifts were sometimes so generous they caused hyperinflation, wrecking entire economies . This is everything you need to know about the life and times of Mansa Musa, his wealth, his legacy, and his impact on history.
Top image: African king. Source: Aleksandr Borisenko / Adobe Stock.