Meet The Richest Man In History No One Knows About
Musa I, Mansa (or Emperor) of the gold-rich Mali Empire from 1312 to 1337. The amount of money Musa was said to have is estimated to be a staggering $400 billion in today's money. In fact, he was so rich that when he took a pilgrimage to Mecca and handed out gold to almost everyone he met on the way, he unintentionally devastated the local economy.
There are many legends of "cities of gold" and ultra-rich civilizations in history, but at least one such place was no fairy tale. For a little less than 400 years, from 1230 to 1600 CE, the Mali Empire of West Africa was the dominant culture of the area in every conceivable way.
#9 It was an empire built on Gold. Literally.
The gold in Mali came from three massive gold mines at Bambuk, Boure, and Galam that were added to the Empire's lands in the early days of conquering. With these three mines, it's estimated that Mali provided half of the gold for the entirety of Africa, Europe, and Asia by the 14th century. With these riches, Mali became the greatest empire in African history and, in fact, only the Mongol Empire was larger in the world in the time of Mansa Musa I.
Check ahead his entire story and what all belongings he had which is very shocking !
#8 Musa became the emperor by accident.
The previous mansa disappeared when he tried to take a journey around the world by boat, and so the crown went to Musa. He became known as the greatest ruler in Mali history and presided over the golden age of the empire.
#7 He left for Mecca soon after his Coronation
A devout Muslim, Mansa Musa was riding high as emperor of the richest nation on the planet in 1324, when he decided it was time to go check out the holy land of Mecca.
#6 The Entourage that accompanied him was insanely huge!
Lasting two years, Musa’s pilgrimage (or hajj) was absolutely bonkers in size and cost. Musa took an estimated personal guard of 500 men with him, plus over 100 gold-laden elephants, and a few hundred camels to carry all of the supplies for the journey. Some estimate that the number of slaves in the entourage was around 12,000, and that the total number of people was 60,000.
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