The Richest Man in all History, is an African !

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Am sure you know of Bill gates, the current richest man alive, who at height of his power was able to reach $100 billion networth. You may also know of John D. Rockefeller, the richest man in living memory with an estimated wealth around $250 billion. Both these men are from United states.

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But what you may not know is the Richest of them all. And most surprising, he is an African, by the name of MANSA MUSA.

African King Musa Keita I is thought to be the richest person of all time — “richer than anyone could describe,” reports Time. His wealth was incomprehensible.

Musa Keita I came into power in 1312. When he was crowned, he was given the name Mansa, meaning king. It is said that Mansa Musa had conquered 24 cities, each with surrounding districts containing villages and estates, during his reign.

Mansa Musa was in charge of a lot of land. To put it into perspective, he ruled all (or parts) of modern day Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Chad.

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His wealth was made known to the world during 1324 pilgrimage to mecca, crossing a distance of nearly 4000 miles. His procession reportedly included 60,000 men, including 12,000 slaves who each carried four pounds of gold bars and heralds dressed in silks who bore gold staffs, organized horses, and handled bags. Musa provided all necessities for the procession, feeding the entire company of men and animals. Those animals included 80 camels which each carried between 50 and 300 pounds of gold dust. Musa gave the gold to the poor he met along his route. Musa not only gave to the cities he passed on the way to Mecca, including Cairo and Medina, but also traded gold for souvenirs. It was reported that he built a mosque each and every Friday.

But Musa’s generous actions inadvertently devastated the economy of the regions through which he passed. In the cities of Cairo, Medina, and Mecca, the sudden influx of gold devalued the metal for the next decade. Prices on goods and wares greatly inflated. To rectify the gold market, on his way back from Mecca, Musa borrowed all the gold he could carry from money-lenders in Cairo, at high interest. This is the only time recorded in history that one man directly controlled the price of gold in the Mediterranean.

After reigning for 25 years, Mansa Musa died in 1337. He was succeeded by his son, Maghan I. “The king’s rich legacy persisted for generations and to this day, there are mausoleums, libraries, and mosques that stand as a testament to this golden age of Mali’s history.

His wealth is estimated at $400 Billion.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. I disagree with this post because king solomon was the richest king and being ever liveth,even the bible testifies that no one wil ever be as wealthy as him.

  2. Are you not aware of the history of a richer person, Qaroun, who lived during the reign of the famous Egyptian pharaoh?

  3. Mr Igo Caleb, while you have the right to disagree with the post, I hope you do realize that the authors of the Bible had virtually no contact with the kingdoms of West Africa during their scribe jobs. Secondly Mansa Musa lived during the 14th century which was way way way after the time of Solomon, so are you then implying that no one else could ever surpass Solomon?
    I suggest that in addition to googling Mansa Musa you should also Google King Croesus as well. Thank you

    • Comment: charles oporum, though scholars could not access wealth record of some part of africa but God who sees and made all said that no man can ever be as rich or wise as solomon forever…

  4. According to history, Mansa Musa was not only rich but extremely wasteful (generous); he took so much of his gold (wealth) with himself while undertaking his religious obligation (pilgrimage) to Mecca and gave every thing as gifts that on his return journey he was compelled to take a loan from an Egyptian banker whom he persuaded to follow him back to Mali. He paid the loan with interest and also gave generous gift of gold to the Banker.

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