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Old August 30th, 2012, 12:49 PM   #1

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Mansa Musa... the richest man of all time?

Evidently, yes.

According to celebritynetworth.com, the Mansa's wealth, adjusted for inflation, makes him the single richest person in world history:

Mansa Musa I of Mali is the richest human being in history with a personal net worth of $400 billion! Mansa Musa lived from 1280 - 1337 and ruled the Malian Empire which covered modern day Ghana, Timbuktu and Mali in West Africa. Mansa Musa's shocking wealth came from his country's vast production of more than half the world's supply of salt and gold. Musa used his wealth to build immense mosques that still stand today, nearly 700 years later.
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Originally Posted by jehosafats View Post
Evidently, yes.

According to celebritynetworth.com, the Mansa's wealth, adjusted for inflation, makes him the single richest person in world history:

Lol if celebritynetworth.com says it, then certainly

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Old August 30th, 2012, 02:43 PM   #3

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Its certainly not implausible.
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Old August 30th, 2012, 03:09 PM   #4
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He did control one of the main sources of gold, salt, slaves, and other luxuries in such quantity that the Mali had a city of salt with their nobles boasting retinues of slaves clad in gold jewelry.
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Old August 31st, 2012, 10:25 AM   #5

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The King of Mali would certainly be an extremely wealthy man, Musa I was Mansa at the peak of Mali's power, so it isn't that hard to believe he was the richest man in the world at that time.
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Old August 31st, 2012, 12:44 PM   #6

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When we do threads about places and civilizations we wish we could see, Old Mali is one of my tops. The reat mosques, the Sahalean architecture, the fine clothes ans armored horsemen- the stuff of romance.
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Which richness had in his hands the Pharaoh Khufu to build the compound of his Pyramid?

In my opinion, the first Pharaohs of ancient Egypt demonstrated to be well more than rich ...
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Old September 1st, 2012, 05:28 AM   #8

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Richer than the Mughal emperors?
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Old September 1st, 2012, 05:55 AM   #9

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When Musa I of Mali (Mansa Musa) went on pilgrimage to Mecca, he had 12,000 slaves who each carried a 4lb bar of gold, and 80 camels each of which carried between 80 - 300lb gold dust. And let's not forget his personal gold stocks. On the way he gave gold to the poor, and exchanged gold for souvenirs. He gave away so much gold that for the next decade, gold was worth about as much as dirt, and the region experienced super inflation. The economy was devastated.
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Old September 1st, 2012, 07:11 AM   #10

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Of his time? Certainly plausible.

"...of all time?"
As in absolute purchasing power compared with Aurangzeb, Tang Taizong, or Donald Trump? I'm not so sure about that. I'll defer to the economic historians who have a better shot at determining that absolute purchasing power...
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