The 21st century has given us the likes of Jeff Bozes, Bill Gates, Bernard Arnault, Warren Buffett, as the richest people. However, there are people that came before these men. People that used gold and diamonds. The fact is people can be questioned especially when we sort to measure the wealth of someone who was born in the 1400s or someone who controlled a kingdom. With that said, the viewpoints of various experts can help establish and the idea of their wealth without raising any ambiguity.
Find below the list of top 10 richest people of all time and their net worth
10. William The Conqueror
Net Worth: $228 billion
William I, popularly known as William the Conqueror, was the first Norman King of England, He ruled from 1066 to 1087. He confiscated lands and ransacked wealth from Sussex to Yorkshire. He consumed his lavish riches on everything from tapestries to castles, including the iconic White Tower at the Tower of London.
9. Mir Osman Ali Khan
Net Worth: $230 billion
Mir Osman Ali Khan Siddiqi, Asaf Jah VII was the last Nizam [ruler] of the Princely State of Hyderabad. That state is the largest princely state in British India. He crowned 11 August 1911, at the age of 25 and governed the Kingdom of Hyderabad between 1911 and 1948. Later his kingdom was united with India. Mir Osman Ali Khan was one of the affluent people of all time. For a good part of the 20th century, he was touted as the richest man in the world with an estimated wealth match to 2% of the American economy.
8. Jakob Fugger
Net Worth: $277 billion
Jakob Fugger of the Lily, famously known as Jakob Fugger the Rich, was a German businessman, mining entrepreneur, and banker. He was an offspring of the Fugger merchant family. Few decades after he started his business, he built up his family firm to a business operating in all of Europe. Fugger was seen to be one of the wealthiest individuals in modern history. His enormous wealth enabled him to influence the politics of the time, financing the rise of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, as well as bankrolling the Spanish King Charles V. His wealth and fame put him the privilege to influence political decisions, though he was a businessman.
7. Nicholas II of Russia
Net Worth: $300 billion
Nicholas II popularly known as Nikolai II Alexandrovich Romanov was the last Emperor of All Russia, he reigns from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. During his reign, he had full access to the nation’s minerals and resources. He was one of the wealthiest monarchs.
6. Andrew Carnegie
Net Worth: $337 billion
Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist, 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. A full-on philanthropist, Carnegie gave away 90% of his fortune to various philanthropy and educational establishments during the last years of his life. He’s was known as someone who loved people more than his life due to his generosity.
5. John D. Rockefeller
Net Worth: $367 billion
John Davison Rockefeller Sr. was an American business mogul and philanthropist. Americans have seen the likes of Jeff Bezos, Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, but he is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time—and the richest person in modern history. John D. Rockefeller founded the Standard Oil company in 1870 and ended up controlling around 90% of the US oil industry.
4. Mansa Musa
Net Worth: $415 billion
Musa I, or Mansa Musa, was the tenth Mansa of the Mali Empire, an Islamic dominant West African state. He has been described as the wealthiest individual of the Middle Ages. At the time of Musa’s ascension to the throne, Mali in large part comprised of the territory of the former Ghana Empire, which Mali had then conquered. He had access to the 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. During Musa’s reign, Mali was the largest producer of gold in the world. Musa has been considered one of the richest people in history.
3. Augustus Caesar
Net Worth: $4.6 trillion
Augustus was a Roman statesman and military leader who became the first emperor of the Roman Empire. He reigned from 27 BC until his death in AD 14. His status as the founder of the Roman Principate has unified a permanent legacy as one of the most effective and controversial leaders in human history. The reign of Augustus initiated an era of relative peace known as the Pax Romana. He boasted a personal fortune equivalent to 20% of the entire empire’s economy. At one point Augustus even owned Egypt.
2. Akbar I
Net Worth: $21 trillion
Abu’l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar, popularly known as Akbar the Great, and also as Akbar I, was the third Mughal emperor, who reigned from 1556 to 1605. Renowned for his lavish lifestyle and trade of the arts, he ruled over much of the Indian subcontinent, known as the Mughal Empire. He controlled around 25% of the world’s GDP at the time, making the second richest person of all time.
1. Emperor Shenzong of Song
Net Worth: $30 trillion
Emperor Shenzong of Song, personal name Zhao Xu, was the sixth emperor of the Song dynasty in China. Shenzong reigned from 1067 to 1085 during the ‘Peaceful Prosperity’ and ‘Primary Abundance’ eras. He controlled around 30% of the world’s GDP. Competent for collecting taxes, the emperor’s administration wasn’t all taxation. His famous new policies helped improve the lives of the poor. Emperor Shenzong of Song policies were seen as a forerunner of the modern welfare state.
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