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The richest people in history: You'd be surprised with the wealth they owned

Here's a list of 10 super-rich people, who have had billions at their disposal. Read on to find out who had the most wealth through history.
Jul 19, 2018 / 11:00 AM IST
The following list looks back at civilization's earliest record of the wealthy. Some of these personalities made the list for the tremendous number of assets that came under their rule. That is why some of these names do not have an exact figure attached to them. The others have been adjusted for inflation. (Image: Reuters)
In 2014, Time.com had done an extensive research to determine the wealthiest people in the history of civilisation. Below is the list of 10 super-rich people, who have had billions at their disposal. Although their wealth is adjusted to inflation, it is not possible to put a figure to the fortunes of some of these people. Nonetheless, read on to find out who had the most wealth. (Image: Reuters)
Mansa Musa (1280–1337 AD) | Country: Mali | The King of Timbuktu was the largest producer of gold in the world—at a time when gold was in especially high demand. Reports suggest that he was so rich that converting his wealth into figures is a struggle. According to the Time report, his pilgrimage to Mecca cost so much that it caused a currency crisis in Europe. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Mansa Musa (1280–1337 AD) | Country: Mali | The King of Timbuktu was the largest producer of gold in the world—at a time when gold was in especially high demand. Reports suggest that he was so rich that converting his wealth into figures is a struggle. According to the Time report, his pilgrimage to Mecca cost so much that it caused a currency crisis in Europe. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Augustus Caesar (63 BC–14 AD) | Country: Rome | Wealth: USD 4.6 trillion According to a Time article, Caesar’s Rome was 25% to 30% of the world’s economic output at the time. He even was stated to have personal wealth close to one-fifth of the empire’s economy. This would be USD 4.6 trillion in 2014..
Augustus Caesar (63 BC–14 AD) | Country: Rome | Wealth: estimated at $4.6 trillion. Caesar’s Rome comprised around 30 percent of the world’s economic output at the time. His personal wealth is believed to have been close to one-fifth of the empire’s economy, which could be around $4.6 trillion as of 2014. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Emperor Shenzong | (1048–1085 AD) | Country: China | This emperor was of the Song Dynasty — a dynasty that had between 25 and 30 percent of the world’s economic output in its prime years. The highly centralized system of rule, couple with an efficient tax system meant that Emperor Shenzong was one of the wealthiest rulers in the world.
Emperor Shenzong | (1048–1085 AD) | Country: China | The emperor belonged to the Song Dynasty that possessed between 25 to 30 percent of the world’s economic output at its prime. The highly centralized system of rule, coupled with his efficient tax system meant that Emperor Shenzong was one of the wealthiest rulers in the world. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Akbar | (1542–1605 AD) | Country: India | The greatest emperor of India’s Mughal dynasty at one time had a quarter of the global economic output, attributed to a collection of taxes. Speculations state that India’s wealth was equivalent to Elizabethan England.
Akbar | (1542–1605 AD) | Country: India | The greatest emperor of India’s Mughal dynasty, at one time had a quarter of the global economic output, mostly attributed to his collection of taxes. It is believed that India’s wealth at the time was equivalent to that of Elizabethan England. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Joseph Stalin | (1878–1953 AD) | Country: USSR | Although the leader of the USSR could not be attributed to having that much of personal wealth, he handled 9.6 percent of the global GDP by taking up the affairs of the USSR. The figure as of 2014 amounts to USD 7.85 trillion. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Joseph Stalin | (1878–1953 AD) | Country: USSR | Although the leader of the USSR could not be attributed to having that much of personal wealth, he handled 9.6 percent of the global GDP by taking up the affairs of the USSR. The figure as of 2014 amounts to $7.85 trillion. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Andrew Carnegie | (1835–1919 AD) | Country: USA | Carnegie could well be the richest American of all time. The Scottish immigrant, who had sold his company US Steel to JP Morgan in 1901 for USD 480 million, could be sitting on as much as USD 372 billion in terms of 2014. (Wikimedia Commons)
Andrew Carnegie | (1835–1919 AD) | Country: USA | Carnegie could well be the richest American of all time. The Scottish immigrant, who had sold his company US Steel to JP Morgan in 1901 for $480 million, could be sitting on as much as $372 billion in terms of 2014. (Wikimedia Commons)
John D. Rockefeller | (1839–1937 AD) | Country: United States | Rockefeller was the oil baron of the times. His Standard Oil company was running 90 percent of the America’s pipelines, which amounted to USD 357 billion in today’s numbers.
John D. Rockefeller | (1839–1937 AD) | Country: United States | Rockefeller was one of the richest oil barons of the time. His Standard Oil Company was running 90 percent of the America’s pipelines, which amounted to $357 billion as of 2014. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Alan Rufus | (1040–1093 AD) | Country: England | USD 203 billion | The nephew of William the Conqueror, Rufus amassed a sum of £11,000, which was 7 percent of England’s GDP at the time. That would amount to USD 203 billion as of 2018. (Wikimedia Commons)
Alan Rufus | (1040–1093 AD) | Country: England | $203 billion | The nephew of William the Conqueror, Rufus amassed a sum of £11,000, which was 7 percent of England’s GDP at the time. That would amount to $203 billion in 2018 dollars.
Jeff Bezos | (1964 -present AD) |Country: United States | Although Microsoft founder and former CEO Bill Gates occupied the second spot in the original Time report, as Bezos is the richest in the world as of 2018, he replaces Gates on this list. Bezos’ wealth at present is pegged at USD 112 billion. (Image: Reuters
Jeff Bezos | (1964 -present) | Country: United States | The founder and CEO of e-commerce giant Amazon, Bezos' is neck and neck with Microsoft founder Bill Gates for the title of the richest person in the world. According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, both Gates' and Bezos’ wealth at present is pegged at $114 billion. (Image: Reuters)
Genghis Khan | (1162-1227) | Country: Mongolian Empire | Genghis Khan, known in the public eye as a vicious Mongol marauder, is also one of the most successful leaders of all time. His empire stretched all the way from Europe to China at its peak. Being at the helm of the historically the largest empire in terms of land area puts him at the forefront as one of the wealthiest people. But he built no tomb, mosque or statue in his name, and died in a hut similar to one he was born.
Genghis Khan | (1162-1227 AD) | Country: Mongolian Empire | The Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, known in the public eye as a vicious Mongol marauder, is also one of the most successful leaders of all time. His empire stretched from Europe to China at its peak. Being at the helm of historically the largest empire in terms of land holding, it is difficult to put a figure to Genghis Khan’s wealth. But, he was surely one of the wealthiest people known to man. (Wikimedia Commons)
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first published: Jul 19, 2018 11:00 am

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