10 Rich People From the Past That Make Modern Billionaires Look Small

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Sometimes, it seems that the billionaires of today like Bill Gates or Warren Buffett are the richest people who have ever lived. But even if we don’t consider the historical personalities like Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, King Solomon, many Roman emperors, and the pharaohs of Egypt (because there is no exact information about the riches they had), the money that modern rich men have is still nothing compared to what the rich men of the past had.

Based on the research done by Business Insider and others that checked the archives and made the inflation corrections, 404star invites you to travel to the past. Let’s take a look at the 10 richest people of the last millennium and find out how they became so rich and what they used their money for.

10. Cornelius Vanderbilt, $185 billion

10 Rich People From the Past That Make Modern Billionaires Look Small

9. Henry Ford, $199 billion

10 Rich People From the Past That Make Modern Billionaires Look Small

8. Muammar Gaddafi, $200 billion

10 Rich People From the Past That Make Modern Billionaires Look Small

Gaddafi was quite a controversial politician and ruler, but he did a lot for his country. For example, he built the Great Man-Made River that now supplies the deserted areas of Libya. According to some experts, this was the biggest irrigation project in the entire history of humanity. 6.5 cubic meters of drinking water is supplied on a daily basis now.

Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011 during the Civil War.

7. William I the Conqueror, $209–229 billion

10 Rich People From the Past That Make Modern Billionaires Look Small

6. Jakob Fugger, $221 billion

10 Rich People From the Past That Make Modern Billionaires Look Small

5. Mir Osman Ali Khan, $230 billion

10 Rich People From the Past That Make Modern Billionaires Look Small

4. Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsesarevich of Russia, $300 billion

10 Rich People From the Past That Make Modern Billionaires Look Small

3. Andrew Carnegie, $310 billion

10 Rich People From the Past That Make Modern Billionaires Look Small

2. John Rockefeller, $340 billion

10 Rich People From the Past That Make Modern Billionaires Look Small

1. Mansa Musa, $400 billion

10 Rich People From the Past That Make Modern Billionaires Look Small

Just for comparison: the richest person alive at the moment, the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, is worth about $131 billion and Bill Gates, with his $ 96.5 billion is the second person on the list of the richest people.

Bonus

Most of us have a really hard time imagining amounts of money as huge as several billion dollars. In order to visualize how rich these people were, let’s compare their fortunes with familiar people and things.

For example, the Microsoft owner who has been one of the richest people in the world for a long time now, is 4 times poorer than Mansa Musa, the legendary king of the African country Mali that many people have never even heard of.

10 Rich People From the Past That Make Modern Billionaires Look Small

10 Rich People From the Past That Make Modern Billionaires Look Small

10 Rich People From the Past That Make Modern Billionaires Look Small

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