Have you ever wondered who is the richest person in history? It may seem like a silly question, but the answer actually tells you the distribution of wealth in the past was much more different than what it is today. Not Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, or Mukesh Ambani, but an African leader named Mansa Musa.

The Richest Person In History Is Not Bill Gates Or Jeff Bezos, But The Real-Life 'Black Panther', Mansa Musa

Perhaps Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos today are the wealthiest people in the world, with personal assets that exceed those of entire nations. In turn, industrialist John D. Rockefeller remains the richest human in recent history.

But the fortunes of those previously named pale next to those of Mansa Musa, a man who ruled the West African Empire of Mali. While his land may not have been as well-known, the amount of wealth he amassed was so much that it cannot be easily calculated.

Who was Mansa Musa?

Musa I, born in 1280 and ascended to the throne in 1312, was the Mansa (emperor) of the Mali Empire who practiced Islam as a religion. This monarch was one of the most eccentric men in history, with an incredible fortune that would exceed 400 billion dollars. The current richest man, Jeff Bezos, has 200 billion dollars in 2020.

The Richest Person In History Is Not Bill Gates Or Jeff Bezos, But The Real-Life 'Black Panther', Mansa Musa

The figure of Musa's assets, converting it to current inflation, would be according to some experts an even higher amount, taking into account the trade imbalances that plagued the world at that time, especially in Europe and Africa.

The Mali Empire during Musa's reign occupied the current territory of Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Mauritania, Senegal, and their surroundings.

Origin of Mansa Musa's Fortune

Musa's Empire was the principal gold and salt trader in the world at the time, which had lots of benefits, especially at a time when those resources were so in demand because the economies of Europe and Africa were struggling.

The Richest Person In History Is Not Bill Gates Or Jeff Bezos, But The Real-Life 'Black Panther', Mansa Musa

His trade routes were aimed at almost the entire world known from Mali, and with his trusted commercial partners, he was able to increase his wealth during the entire 25 years that he was in power.

How His Traveling Cost the Equivalent of Multiple Nations

Mansa Musa was a Muslim, so like every good devotee, he traveled to Mecca as Islam requires. On his journey, he brought with him a caravan with tens of thousands of people, including soldiers, slaves, and followers, according to the accounts of the time.

Each of the companions carried several gold ingots, silk dresses, as well as jewelry, and other accessories. Considering the cost of equipping a literally luxurious army, plus its food, it can be said that the monarch spent a fortune worth several nations on that trip alone.

Another detail is that, during that trip and his stop in Cairo of Egypt, Musa's spending and donations in the city were so generous that they caused inflation in the whole kingdom of Egypt, which took 12 years for the economy to recover.

After the death of Mansa Musa, his son Mansa Maghan and his fortune is maintained for several more generations. If you are looking for more news, updates, guides, lists, etc. on gaming and entertainment like this article, visit our website at GuruGamer.com for more of what you need.