We often hear about the richest people in the world today, but who were the richest people in history? It can be difficult to calculate the wealth of historical figures, as the value of money has changed over time. However, there are a few individuals who are generally considered to be the richest people who ever lived.
1. Mansa Musa
Mansa Musa was the tenth Mansa (emperor) of the Mali Empire, which was one of the largest and wealthiest empires in history. He ruled from 1312 to 1337, and during his reign, the Mali Empire controlled much of West Africa, including the gold mines of Timbuktu. Musa is said to have been so wealthy that he could literally mint his own gold bars.