The Ultimate 10 Richest
People In History

By Abhinandan Lawati

Formulating a list on 10 of the richest people in history was truly a monumental task. Nevertheless, we worked tirelessly towards compiling a list that was legit and feasible. Without further ado, here’s the list.

Here are some interesting facts for you:

  • Tsar Nicholas II was executed by The Bolsheviks.
  • Osman Ali Khan hired 38 employees only to dust the chandeliers at his main palace.
  • William the Conqueror was the bastard child of the Duke of Normandy, Robert I, and his mistress, Herleva.
  • John Davison Rockefeller never tried alcohol and tobacco in his entire life.
  • Before his death, Gaddafi underwent plastic surgery to appear younger.
  • King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.

1. King Solomon Net Worth : $2.1 trillion

King Solomon is a historical figure who is often quoted as the wisest person that ever lived. According to the bible, he was the King of Israel and we believe that he is the richest person that ever lived. His net worth of $2.1 trillion may sound unbelievable to you, but let us give you an idea of the amount of wealth he had. King Solomon ruled for 40 years and he received 25 tons of gold annually.

King Solomon made silver as common as stones during his time

If we value gold at $2000/oz, a ton of gold would be worth $64.3 million. Now with simple math, if we multiply 25 by 40 (the years he reigned), the amount would be an astonishing $64,300,800,000. Bear in mind, this is only the amount of money he received as gifts, excluding other businesses.  The bible stated that during Solomon’s reign, the king made silver as common as stone. There never has been anyone like him before or after his death. With all his wisdom it is not surprising for him to amass such a huge fortune during his time on earth. 

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2. Mansa Musa I Net Worth : $400 billion

The Malian Emperor was a king who ruled the Malian empire which covers modern Ghana, Mali and Timbuktu. He possessed a net worth of around $400 billion adjusted for inflation. He was able to accumulate a fortune that large by producing salt and gold. In fact, over 50% of the world’s supply of gold and salt was produced by Mansa. 

3. The Rothschild Family Net Worth : $350 billion

Considered the richest family in the world, The Rothschild Family boasts a fortune amounting to $350 billion. They originated from Germany and quickly formed a banking dynasty in the 17th Century. It must certainly be a blessing to be born into this family. The family is one of the richest families in Europe and control vast amount of money. Even today, the descendants of Rothschild are some of the richest people in the world.

4. John Davison Rockefeller Net Worth : $340 billion

John D Rockefeller's influence in the oil industry was so big that the US Government had to split his company into a few smaller companies

Like the rest of you, we find it extremely difficult to believe John D. Rockefeller’s net worth of $340 billion. He spearheaded the Standard Oil Company, which monopolized the oil business back in the day. The company was established in 1870, and the man ran office till his retirement in 1897. You can imagine how big his influenced was when you consider that Chevron, Amoco, ExxonMobil and Conoco are all originated from his company. The US government was too concerned about Rockefeller’s dominance in the oil industry that it force the company to break up into smaller companies.

5. Andrew Carnegie Net Worth : $310 billion

Andrew Carnegie’s net worth of $310 billion proves that the man was stinking rich during his heyday.  The industrialist was a pioneer in the field of steel industry. The man sold his company, the Carnegie Steel Company to JP Morgan for $480 million in 1901. Adjusted for inflation, the amount would be north of $300 Billion in today’s money. Andrew was also a philanthropist. Some of his gifts to the society are Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Hero Fund, Carnegie Institution for Science, and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace etc. He is often regarded as one of the greatest philanthropist that ever lived.

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6. Tsar Nicholas II Net Worth : $300 billion

Tsar Nicholas II was the last emperor of Russia who began his reign in 1894.The ruler boasted a net worth of $300 billion, adjusted for inflation. He took to the throne aged 26 years and ruled for over 2 decades. The emperor was responsible for sending millions of Russians to their death by participating in World War 1. Fed up with so many deaths, the Russians revolted and ousted him. The Tsar and his entire family were killed to satisfy the anger of the Russian people.

7. Osman Ali Khan Net Worth : $236 billion

The ruler of Hyderbad, Osman, was known to boast a net worth amounting to $236 billion in today’s money. He ruled the state for 37 years and had over 50 Rolls Royce in his possession. The man also possessed a rare gem, the Jacob Diamond. 

8. William The Conqueror Net Worth : $229.5 billion

England’s first Norman King, William the Conqueror, was known to possess a net worth of $229.5 billion in current value. He made his fortune by raiding and conquering neighboring kingdoms. He ruled for over 2 decades. 

9. Muammar Gaddafi Net Worth : $200 billion

Widely known as Colonel Gaddafi, Muammar Gaddafi was widely reported to possess a net worth of $200 billion before his passing away. The politician ruled and terrorized Libya for over 4 decades! Today Libya is a mess with many factions vying for control and money of the empire that he left behind.

About $70 Billion in cash were seized in foreign accounts shortly after Gaddafi's death

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10. Cornelius Vanderbilt Net Worth : $185 billion

Cornelius Vanderbilt’s net worth of $185 billion is something that is unheard of in the modern day. He made humongous profits with investments in shipping and railroads. He also provided the money required to establish Vanderbilt University.

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References:

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