Meet The Richest Man Ever To Live And How He Devalued Gold



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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world, according to the 2019 Forbes billionaires’ list released this week.

With an estimated fortune of $131bn (£99bn) he is presently the wealthiest man in modern history.


But do you know that he is by no means the richest man of all time.

I will say the truth. That title is believed to belong to Mansa Musa, the 14th Century West African ruler who was so rich that his generous handouts wrecked an entire country’s economy.

“Contemporary accounts of Musa’s wealth are so breathless that it is almost impossible to get a sense of just how wealthy and powerful he truly was,” Rudolph Butch Ware, associate professor of history at the University of California, informed the BBC.

Mansa Musa according to records was “richer than anyone could describe”, Jacob Davidson wrote about the African king for in 2015.

In 2012, US website Celebrity Net Worth estimated his wealth at $400bn, but economic historians agree that his wealth is impossible to pin down to a number.

Empror Mansa Musa, or Musa I of Mali is considered the richest man in history.

He was the tenth emperor of the Mali Empire, one of the prosperous Sahelian kingdoms that developed along the Saharan slave trade routes in the later medieval period.

During the time of his death in 1937, estimates place his net worth in the range of US$300 billion to US$400 billion in adjusted dollars for the late 2000s.

The journey to Mecca

Even though the Mali empire was home to so much gold, the kingdom itself was not well known.

This changed when Mansa Musa, a devout Muslim, decided to embark on a pilgrimage to Mecca, passing through the Sahara Desert and Egypt.

The king according to report left Mali with a caravan of 60,000 men.

King Musa took his entire royal court and officials, soldiers, griots (entertainers), merchants, camel drivers and 12,000 slaves, as well as a long train of goats and sheep for food.

It was a big city moving through the desert.

A city whose inhabitants, all the way down to the slaves, were clad in gold brocade and finest Persian silk. A hundred camels were in tow, each camel carrying hundreds of pounds of pure gold.

In fact, it was a sight to behold.

And the sight got even more opulent once the caravan reached Cairo, where they could really show off their wealth.

Musa was highly famous for his generosity and piety.

He built a mosque every Friday during his journed and gave away so much gold that it destabilised the economy in parts of the region for twelve years – as well as deflating the value of gold.

During his travels, Musa met with Al Malik al Nasir in Cairo, one of the most famous Mamluk sultans.

When he came into the presence of Al Malik, he was told to bend his knee as a part of the protocol but he refused, challenging that he would only grovel and bend the knee for Allah (God).

Musa added that he was there just for Hajj and he did not want to talk about politics.

Then, he gave out a large amount of gold to the Mamluk treasury. The Sultan of Mamluk replied in kind by giving him a palace to stay.

During Musa’s stay, the members of his caravan boosted the local market by shopping in huge amounts, paying at least five dinar for something worth one dinar.

Per the account of historians, Musa and his caravan’s spending caused such a decline in the currency’s value, that the market had still not fully recovered 12 years later.

Conquest Of Songhai Kingdom

King Mansa Musa whose empire was one of the largest in the world at that time, is reported to have observed that it would take a year to travel from one end of his empire to the other. While this was probably an exaggeration, it is known that during his pilgrimage to Mecca one of his generals, Sagmandia (Sagaman-dir), extended the empire by capturing the Songhai capital of Gao.

The Songhai kingdom measured several hundreds of miles across, so that the conquest meant the acquisition of a vast territory. The 14th-century traveller Ibn Baṭṭūṭah noted that it took about four months to travel from the northern borders of the Mali empire to Niani in the south.

The big question now is; Where is Musa’s wealth now?

Many of the mosques he built are still in the Sahara in west Africa today, built of a unique mude bricks with wood pegs . But back to the wealth, alot was given away and changed hands quickly, and i do not know if any of his heirs or descendants up till now have some hidden in a vault.

There are still mines with precious metals near Mali and Ghana, but at that time the market was flooded and sometimes a rare spice or salt was worth its weight in gold.

Also in the past, fractions of silver like a piece of eight or dirhams, were very common and low in value, along with gold, electrum and others, so it was currency, jewelry, personal belongings.

But if that nobility had such a large sum of wealth, they faced infighting and jealousy, so it was probably quickly spread out, stolen and lost within a few decades, thus squandered.


The only ones that are still traceable are the ones he deposited as charity in pure gold and was stored in a massive store (like the one in the picture above) which was made anonymous to the public but known only to those who gives it out to poor people after converting it to money, and it is rumored that they’re still much more left of the charity he gave.

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One Reply to “Meet The Richest Man Ever To Live And How He Devalued Gold

  1. Thank for the the beautiful history of one of the greatest Africans ever. How ever some were u wrote he died in 1937. U did not state how he came to power, his tribe, wether he is Mandingo or soninke or Higbu. and the source of his wealth. Mansa in Soninke, Mensa in Asente and Akwamu, Mazi or Mazhi in Higbu as were called those days in that area. Remember that before him the great Suni or Sani Ali was a Muslim with a difference who faced Jerusalem or rather (the true name) Yabosh when he prayed. There are many accounts of Higbu priests having influence in his kingdom as, ministers, generals in the army, judges civil administrators, advisers, artisans, Treasury and traders for the State Treasury. It was several years later after Mazhi musa’s death that this Higbu priestly and levitical tribe or clan moved south because obviously over the years they gradually lost their influence in the empire as the emperors after Mazhi musa’s successors did not use their expertise. The priestly clan moved south and are found today in present day Arochukwu in Nigeria and Ghana in Akwamu kingdom.

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