Richer than Bill Gates? The richest people of all time

When I speak about the richest person, many friends of mine refer my statement to Bill Gates. After I tell them that they're wrong, they immediately jump conclusions. Their next guess is Carlos Slim Helú. That's not right too. So, who is it? Here's a list of the richest people ever.

When I speak about the richest person, many friends of mine refer my statement to Bill Gates. After I tell them that they’re wrong, they immediately jump conclusions. Their next guess is Carlos Slim Helú. That’s not right too. So, who is it? Here’s a list of the richest people ever.

There are many names like Genghis Khan, Alan Rufus, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, etc. that make the list incredibly long. However, I would like to focus on the top five individuals of this superior league.

Joseph Stalin

He was the leader of the Soviet Union, Russia,  from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953.

Joseph Stalin (picture from Wikipedia)

Holding the post of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he was definitely the dictator of the state. The fact that he had complete control of a nation with 9.6% of global GDP, made him a very wealthy figure. It’s hard to say if he had the power to do whatever he wanted with the money, but since corruption was common back then, everything is possible.

Abu’l-Fath Jalal ud-dinMuhammad Akbar

Born on 15 October 1542, was the third and one of the greatest rulers of the Mughal Dynasty in India. It’s estimated that he ruled his empire with 25% of global GDP. He succeeded Humayun, his father, under a regent, Bairam Khan, who helped him expand and consolidate Mughal domains in India.

Song Shenzong

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Shenzong, who lived during the Chinese Song dynasty, 960 – 1279, was ahead of the Europeans. His ways of tax-collection and innovation surpassed anyone else. These skills impacted on his financial stability and grew his power even more. He owned between 25% – 30% of global GDP. Furthermore, he had full control over the nation’s economy.

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Augustus Caesar

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Caesar was on a league of his own. According to history, he even ruled whole Egypt during a certain period. His empire was so big, that one could say he ruled 25% – 30% of the world. Stanford history professor Ian Morris states that Caeser’s wealth was equivalent to $4.6 trillion. This number are based on the globes economics in 2014.

Mansa Musa


He is referred to as the world’s wealthiest man to have ever lived. Ferrum College history professor Richard Smith believes that Musa’s west African kingdom was likely the largest producer of gold in the world. The big question is how rich this man was? There’s no exact answer. Some say Musa had a 200’000 men army and 40’000 archers. Even today’s super powers would struggle if they had to bring up such a powerful army. Others on the other hand believe that Mali’s gold production was about one ton per year. Again, no one can estimate how much wealth Mansa Musa. But he is definitely the richest man who’s ever walked this planet.






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