Jeff Bezos isn’t the richest man ever as reported by the Western media. Bezos’ peak net worth was $155 billion in 2019.
The Richest Man in History is Emperor Mansa Musa 1 of Mali with a net worth of $400 billion. He ruled from 1312 – 1337. He made his fortune from gold and salt.
Mansa Musa’s descendants squandered his $400 billion fortune. His grandson particularly couldn’t protect the territory he left behind, lost battles and most of his gold reserves were lost. The Portuguese invaded the Malian Empire in the 15th century.
Mansa Musa conquered 24 cities in present day Mali and Mauritania. He made Mali the world’s largest producer of gold. He established Africa’s largest collections of books since the Library of Alexandria at at Sankoré University. The university could house 25,000 students.
Sankore University, Mali had one of the world’s largest libraries with 1,000,000 manuscripts. Mansa built a mosque every Friday.
He commissioned The Djinguereber Mosque in 1327. He gave so much gold to poor people in Cairo, Egypt that it caused a 12-year long inflation.
Emperor Mansa Musa of Mali traveled to Mecca for Hajj with an entourage of 60,000 men.
He took his whole court, his officials, solders, heralds, jesters, merchants, camel riders and 12,000 slaves, dressed in quality Persian silk, clad in golden brocade & carrying golden staffs.