Top 10 richest people ever led by 14th century African king
Bill Gates is up there. So are William the Conquerer, a czar, assorted nobility and a smattering of Rockefellers, Carnegies and Vanderbilts.
But even at the peak of their considerable wealth, none surpassed the riches of the most moneyed man ever: Mansa Musa I, a West African king who died in 1337.
That’s according to a list of the 25 most well-off men – yep, it’s an all-boys club – to have ever walked the planet, according to Celebritynetworth.com.
The site took the high-point estimate of each man’s net worth and adjusted the fortunes for inflation. In total, the group held more than $4.3 trillion.
Fourteen of the 25 were Americans – with Microsoft founder Bill Gates as the richest living member. Carlos Slim Helu, currently the richest person worldwide, came in 22nd.
Billionaire investor and Berkshire Hathaway chief Warren Buffett rounded out the list with $64 billion, closely following Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton’s $65 billion.
4. Andrew Carnegie - $310 billion( Associated Press )
Andrew Carnegie was doing well for himself with his Carnegie Steel Company, but the entrepreneur's wealth really took off when he sold the business to JPMorgan in 1901. That's also when he began to heavily donate to schools, non-profit organizations and more. The Scottish immigrant and son of a linen weaver is also known for penning "The Gospel of Wealth," which urged the rich to treat charitable giving as a duty.