The BBC proposes a list of the 10 richest men of all time:

  • Mansa Musa (1280-1337, king of the Mali empire) wealth incomprehensible

  • Augustus Caesar (63 BC-14 AD, Roman emperor) $4.6tn (£3.5tn)

  • Zhao Xu (1048-1085, emperor Shenzong of Song in China) wealth incalculable

  • Akbar I (1542-1605, emperor of India's Mughal dynasty) wealth incalculable

  • Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919, Scottish-American industrialist) $372bn

  • John D Rockefeller (1839-1937) American business magnate) $341bn

  • Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov (1868-1918, Tsar of Russia) $300bn

  • Mir Osman Ali Khan ( 1886-1967, Indian royal) $230bn William The Conqueror (1028-1087) $229.5bn

  • Muammar Gaddafi (1942-2011, long-time ruler of Libya) $200bn

Do you agree or do you have another list?

I think it isn't really fair to compare wealth acquired by industry or trade to wealth acquire by political rulers.

What about traders and financiers like the Medici or the Fuggers? How do they compare?

Source: reddit post

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