When we say “rich people”, then the first person who come to your mind probably will be Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates. But, What if we tell you that there were people from past who were more than 10 or 100 times richer than today’s richest person. Will you believe it? Its hard to believe that someone could posses so much wealth in his lifetime. By taking inflation into account, Here is the list of 10 of the wealthiest people who ever lived on earth.
10 –Osman Ali Khan
Net Worth: $230 billion
The last ruler of Hyderabad in India,Nawab Sir Mir Osman Ali Khan Siddiqi was absolute leader of the princely state from 1911 and 1948, and for a good part of the 20th century he was known as the richest man in the world with an estimated fortune of $230 billion in today’s money. He is also the fifth-wealthiest figure of the modern period.
9 –Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
Net Worth: $300 billion
Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas the Passion-Bearer in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. At the time of his death his net worth reached a staggering amount of $300 billion in today’s money.
8 – Andrew Carnegie
Net Worth: $337 billion
Andrew Carnegie kar-NAY-gee was a Scottish-American industrialist, business magnate, and philanthropist. Carnegie led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century and became one of the richest Americans in history. Carnegie founded the U.S. Steel Corp., which earned him most of his $310 billion fortune in today’s money. He is also known for giving away almost all of it, and is remembered as one of the world’s foremost philanthropists.
7 –John D. Rockefeller
Net Worth: $367 billion
John Davison Rockefeller Sr. was an American oil industry business magnate, industrialist, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time, and the richest person in modern history. Economist Peter Bernstein estimates that the industrialist-turned-philanthropist had a personal fortune of $367 billion in today’s money.
6 –Mansa Musa I of Mali
Net Worth: $415 billion
Musa I or Mansa Musa was the tenth Mansa, which translates to “sultan”, “conqueror”, or “emperor”, of the wealthy West African Islamic Mali Empire. The King of Timbuktu and Malian emperor, who controlled a huge empire which covered much of modern-day Mali and Ghana, had half of the world’s supply of gold at his disposal, which was traded with merchants from as far away as Venice, Genoa and Egypt. Musa I is easily one of the richest people in history, amassing the equivalent of $415 billion during his 25-year reign from 1312-1327.
5 –King Solomon of Israel
Net Worth: $2.2 trillion
Solomon, also called Jedidiah, was, according to the Hebrew Bible, Old Testament, Quran, and Hadiths, a fabulously wealthy and wise king of Israel who succeeded his father, King David. According to the Bible, King Solomon ruled from 970 BC to 931 BC, and during this time he is said to have received 25 tons of gold for each of the 39 years of his reign, which would be worth billions of dollars in 2019.Along with impossible riches amassed from taxation and trade, the biblical ruler’s personal fortune could have surpassed $2 trillion in today’s money.
4 –Augustus Caesar
Net Worth: $4.63 trillion
Augustus was a Roman statesman and military leader who was the first emperor of the Roman Empire, reigning from 27 BC until his death in AD 14. The Founder of Roman Empire boasted a personal fortune equivalent to 20% of the entire empire’s economy, worth $4.63 trillion nowadays.At one point Augustus even owned Egypt.
3 – Akbar I
Net Worth : $21 trillion
Abu’l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar, popularly known as Akbar I, also as Akbar the Great, was the third Mughal emperor, who reigned from 1556 to 1605. Renowned for his lavish lifestyle and patronage of the arts, this emperor conquered hundreds of thousands of square miles of territory and ruled over much of the Indian subcontinent, known as the Mughal Empire from 1556 until 1605. He controlled around 25% of the world’s GDP at the time, which would translate to a staggering $21 trillion today.
2 –Emperor Shenzong of Song
Net Worth: $31 trillion
Emperor Shenzong of Song, personal name Zhao Xu, was the sixth emperor of the Song dynasty in China. Adept at collecting taxes, the emperor’s administration wasn’t all take, take, take however. Its famous New Policies, which helped improve the lives of the poor, are seen as a forerunner of the modern welfare state. Shenzong ruled China from 1067-1085 during the ‘Peaceful Prosperity’ and ‘Primary Abundance’ eras when he controlled around 30% of global GDP, the equivalent of $30+ trillion today.
1 –Genghis Khan
Net Worth: $100 trillion
Genghis Khan was the founder and first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death. He came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of Northeast Asia. The fearsome Mongol leader conquered a mind-blowing 12 million square miles of land between 1206 and his death in 1227, more than anyone else in history. But while his hordes pillaged their way through huge swathes of Eurasia (combined continental landmass of Europe and Asia) – territory that is now worth trillions of dollars.