Top 50 Richest People In World History

Caesar Augustus, today, would have a net worth close to $6.63 Trillion Dollars, but he is NOT the richest person in history, today we climb the ladder of wealth into the Top 50 Richest People In World History.


Top 50 Richest People In World History



50 – Yang Huiyan

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Yang Huiyan is one of the worlds richest people.

Chinese billionaire businesswoman and property developer who is currently the richest woman in Asia with $21.2 billion dollars in the bank.

Yang became China’s richest woman at age 25 and her wealth could easily buy roughly 812 million barrels of crude oil.

The majority of Yang’s wealth is derived from a 58% stake in real estate developer Country Garden Holdings, a China-based business that is located in Guangdong province but traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

She inherited her father’s controlling stake in the company and her younger sister, Ziying, is also an executive director of the massive company.Hui Ka Yan

Working as a technician in a steel factory for 10 years after graduating college in 1982, he became one of China’s biggest real estate developers in 2009 with a net worth of $25.9 billion.

He grew up poor, founing Evergrande, a Hong Kong-listed company he started in 1996 After graduating from Wuhan University with a Degree.

The company currently owes more than $100bn in debts and its feared that Hui’s debt-fuelled expansion could come back to haunt him and his family.
Hui serves as member of the 11th National Committee of Political Consultative Conference of Chinese People.


49 – Hui Ka Yan

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Hui Ka Yan is one of the worlds richest people.

Working as a technician in a steel factory for 10 years after graduating college in 1982, he became one of China’s biggest real estate developers in 2009 with a net worth of $25.9 billion.

He grew up poor, founing Evergrande, a Hong Kong-listed company he started in 1996 After graduating from Wuhan University with a Degree.

The company currently owes more than $100bn in debts and its feared that Hui’s debt-fuelled expansion could come back to haunt him and his family.

Hui serves as member of the 11th National Committee of Political Consultative Conference of Chinese People.


48 – Li Ka-shing

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Li Ka-shing is one of the worlds richest people.

Another Hong Kong business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, he was once the 30th richest person in the world with a massive net worth of $29.4 billion.

Named one of the most influential entrepreneurs in Asia, he has an empire that includes transportation, real estate, financial services, retail, and energy and utilities.

The Forbes family honoured Li Ka-shing with the first ever Malcolm S. Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award on 5 September 2006, in Singapore.

Li is also regarded as one of Asia’s most generous philanthropists, donating billions of dollars to charity and other various philanthropic causes.


47 – John Mars

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John Mars is one of the worlds richest people.

Born October 15, 1935, John Franklyn Mars is an American businessman famous for his founding of the American candy company Mars, Incorporated.

He is the 28th richest person in the world with a net worth of $27.8 billion and in January 2017, paid $7.7 billion for VCA, Inc, a pet care company.

Now residing in Jackson, Wyoming he was awarded an honorary knighthood at Windsor Castle by Queen Elizabeth II in March 2015.


46 – Colin Zheng Huang

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Colin Zheng Huang is one of the worlds richest people.

Chairman and CEO of online discounter Pinduoduo, one of China’s largest e-commerce sites, Colin Huang raised $1.6 billion in a U.S. IPO in July 2018 and describes himself as a serial entrepreneur.

He has an estimated net worth of $28.5 billion and interned at Microsoft in both Beijing and Seattle before starting a career at Google in 2004.

Some of his acomplishments include a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and he once sat at number 7 on China’s 2019 Rich List.



45 – Sheldon Adelson

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Sheldon Adelson was one of the worlds richest people.

Founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, he owned some of the biggest hotels in the world.

One of these is the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore that includes a 2,561-room hotel, and a 1,300,000 sq ft convention-exhibition centre.

He owned both the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center and also owned an Israeli daily newspaper.

With his fortune of $37.7 billion dollars he was once the 24th-richest person in the world, and was also a major contributor to Republican Party candidates.

He once owned a fleet of private jets including an Airbus A340-500 jet which costs around $233 million.


44 – François Pinault

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François Pinault is one of the worlds richest people.

One of the world’s leading contemporary art collectors, François Pinault s a French billionaire businessman who started his first business in 1963 as a wood-trading company.

Later he moved towards the luxury goods market, purchasing a controlling 42% stake of the Gucci Group for $3 billion in March 1999 and later, the British fashion house Alexander McQueen in 2001.

Pinault set up the holding company Artémis to manage the Pinault family’s investments in 1992 and his net worth balooned to $32.4 billion in 2019.

He has collected art of the 20th century en-mass and owns works from Picasso, Damien Hirst, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman and Donald Judd.

He is currently the 27th richest person in the world, and the 3rd richest man in France.


43 – David Koch

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David Koch is one of the worlds richest people.

Before his death in August 2019, American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer David Koch owned the second-largest privately held company in the United States.

The candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1980, he spent over $100 million to oppose the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Koch was the fourth-richest person in the United States in 2012 and in June 2019, Koch was ranked as the 11th-richest person in the world.

Koch purchased a 15-room apartment at 1040 Fifth Avenue that once belonged too Jacqueline Kennedy and once contributed $35 million to the Smithsonian to build a new dinosaur exhibition hall at the National Museum of Natural History.

He had a net worth of $32.6 billion at the time of his death.


42 – Dieter Schwarz

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Dieter Schwarz is one of the worlds richest people.

German billionaire businessman Dieter Schwarz is the owner of the Schwarz-Gruppe, you may have heard of it because it owns the supermarket chain Lidl, and the hypermarket chain Kaufland.

As of February 2019, Forbes listed Schwarz as the 33rd richest person in the world and his overall fortune has balooned to $33.1 billion.

Schwarz is known to be very protective of his privacy, and only two photographs of him known to exist, one of them in black and white and no photos of his house or car exist either.


41 – David Thomson & family

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David Thomson & family are some of the worlds richest people.

Controller of one of the largest media publishing empires in the world, David Thomson and his family hold more than 320 million shares in Thomson Reuters.

After the company sold a controlling in Financial Data Provider Refinitiv for $17 billion, it has been revealed the also holds a stake in telecom giant Bell Canada and Toronto-based Globe and Mail newspaper.

He is thought to own artwork by Pablo Picasso and is one of the top collectors of the English painter John Constable with a net worth of $35.2 billion dollars.



40 – MacKenzie Scott

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MacKenzie Scott is one of the worlds richest people.

Former partner of Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Scott recieved much of her fortune from a divorce settlement worth around $26 billion.

Having given a large portion of her wealth away to over 286 organizations, Scott was ranked the third-wealthiest woman in the United States.

As a signatory to the Giving Pledge, she is committed to give at least half of her wealth to charity when she dies.


39 – Jack Ma

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Jack Ma is one of the worlds richest people.

Famous for creating the Chinese Behemoth selling site Alibaba.com, Jack Ma is a Chinese business magnate, investor and philanthropist.

He co-founded Yunfeng Capital, a private equity firm and had a net worth of $42 billion dollars in 2021, shrinking this to $34 billion this year.

Ma is understood to have paid HK$1.5 billion dollars for Asia’s most expensive home by square foot and the garden alone covers 20,000 square feet.

Features of the incredible home include four ensuite bedrooms, seven living rooms, a 220-degree view of the Victoria Harbour and its own rooftop terrace.


38 – Mahathir Mohamad

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Mahathir Mohamad is one of the worlds richest people.

Malaysian politician, author, and physician Mahathir Mohamad was once the worlds oldest sitting Prime Minister having been in power from 1981 to 2003.

Thought to have around $45 billion dollars stashed away in varoius banks around the world, he has all but dissapeared from public life.

Currently listed as the 14th richest person in Malaysia, he is thought to have five children, and currently resides somewhere in Kuala Lumpur.


37 – Julia Koch

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Julia Koch is one of the worlds richest people.

American socialite, billionaire, philanthropist Julia Koch is currently one of the richest women in the world with a personal fortune of $46.1 billion dollars.

Coming from a background in family farming, Koch met her husband, David on a blind date in January 1991 and married in may 1996.

Formerly on the board of directors of the School of American Ballet, Koch owns large homes in Palm Beach and Southampton with her being featured on Forbes list of the 10 richest women in the world in 2020.


36 – Charles Koch

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Charles Koch is one of the worlds richest people.

Ranked as the 20th richest person in the world on Bloomberg Billionaires Index, 2022, the Chief Executive Officer of Koch Industries estimated has an estimated net worth of $46.2 billion.

Sitting on a real estate empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the Koch family owns $5.25 Million Property in Los Angeles and a multibillion-dollar hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Having a large impact on American politics in recent years that gave rise to the Tea Party and founding Americans for Prosperity, Koch’s fortune has been ranked as high as $57 billion dollars.



35 – Phil Knight & Family

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Phil Knight & Family is one of the worlds richest people.

Co-Founder and former chairman of Nike, Knight was ranked by Forbes as the 24th richest person in the world and also owns the stop motion film production company Laika.

Knight has given away billions in philanthropy and was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame for his Special Contribution to Sports in Oregon.

He once owned a large property on The Mountain Course at the La Quinta Resort which he listed for sale at $1.55 million dollars and also owns a $4.25 million home at the Madison Club in La Quinta.


34 – Ma Huateng

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Ma Huateng is one of the worlds richest people.

Founder of one of the most valuable companies in Asia, Ma Huateng’s Tencent is headquartered in Shenzhen and is currently the largest company in the video game industry worldwide.

Ma is a deputy to the 5th Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress and often goes by the nickname pony with him having an estimated net worth of $48.8 billion dollars.

Owning property in Hong Kong and a large collection of art worth US$150 million dollars, he also owns a redeveloped palatial residence covering 19,600 square feet.


33 – Ferdinand Marcos

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Ferdinand Marcos is one of the worlds richest people.

Shrouded in secrecy and classified as a kleptocrat by historians, political scientists, economists, and journalists, Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr was the Former President of the Philippines.

With a former hidden net worth thought to total $50 billion dollars, Marcos’ rule was infamous for its corruption, extravegence and brutality.

Once holding a Guiness world record for stealing the largest amount of wealth from a country, its thought he $22.3 billion alone from the Philipine people.

Ferdinand had many bank accounts in foriegn countries including Switzerland and the USA and his property empire was vast, with $4 billion in cash used to buy property between 1980 and 1984 that includes over 50 mansions.

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32 – Suharto

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Suharto was one of the worlds richest people.

Leading another of the worlds military regimes for 31 years, the former President of Indonesia died on the 27th January 2008.

He ammased a fortune that some have put as high as $55 billion dollars, with other conservative estimates at closer to $38 billion.

He owned a number of properties in London, many of which the family sold, totalling $18 million dollars and included properties in Hamsted.


31 – Amancio Ortega

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Amancio Ortega is one of the worlds richest people.

Spanish billionaire businessman Amanci Ortega is the founder and former chairman of Inditex fashion group with a net worth closing in on $60 billion dollars.

He owns or owned a number of expensive things including a large yacht named Drizzle, an $80 million Gulfstream G650 and owns houses in Madrid, London and New York.

Currently one of the richest people in Europe, Ortega has donated $344 million for breast cancer screening technology.



30 – Rob Walton

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Rob Walton is one of the worlds richest people.

Heir to the fortune of Walmart, American billionaire S. Robson Walton is the eldest son of Helen Walton and Sam Walton and was chairman of the company from 1992 to 2015.

With a net worth touching $64.1 billion dollars, Walton, currently listed as the 12th richest person in the world, is also co-owner of Walton Enterprises.

Waltons fortune would be enough to buy over 33 million troy ounces of gold or, according to the bloomberg index, 645 million barrels of crude oil

Together the waltons are worth $70 billion more than the second-richest family in the United States


29 – Ali Abdullah Saleh

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Ali Abdulah Saleh was one of the worlds richest people.

The first President of Yemen who served from 22nd May 1990 to 25th February 2012, Ali Abdullah Saleh had sanctions imposed on him by the United Nations Security Council in 2014, wiping out much of his $64.2 billion dollar net worth.

Described during his life as being one of the wealthiest people in the Middle East, Saleh’s wealth came in the form of property, cash, shares, gold and other valuable commodities.

Corruption in the government was rife and included extortion and embezzlement while its thought that a good majority of funds were taken from the countries fuel subsidy program.


28 – Alice Walton

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Alice Walton is one of the worlds richest people.

The second of the walmart trio on our list, Alice Walton owns over $11 billion in Walmart shares, is currently the 20th richest person in the world and is the second richest woman in the world.

Her net worth of $65.1 billion dollars includes a large 84-acre ranch in Columbia, Missouri that features both a private golf course and a large outdoor pool.

She has access to luxury yacht Aquila and also owns owns the Benetti yacht Seanna with air travel also a premium thanks to a private jet.


27 – Jim Walton

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Jim Walton is one of the worlds richest people.

The final part of the Walmart family Trio, Jim Walton has a real estate empire that also includes Crystal Bridges, a US$1.2 billion museum of American art, built on the walton family land.

Along with heirs to walmart, Alice and Rob, Jim Walton has a fortune close to $66.1 Billion dollars and much of his real estate portfolio is also owned by his siblings.


26 – Hosni Mubarak

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Hosni Mubarak was one of the worlds richest people.

Serving as the fourth president of Egypt between 1981 to 2011 he became the fourth-longest serving Arab leader, after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

He was arrested on allegations of corruption a couple of months after resigning as leader in 2011 and was later sentanced to life inprisonment, a sentence that was overturned in 2017.

Its thought he has a personal fortune of $70 billion dollars that was either hidden in bank accounts in Switzerland and the United Kingdom or invested in property.



25 – Mark Zuckerberg

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Mark Zuckerberg is one of the worlds richest people.

Creator of the worlds largest Social media Company Meta, previously Facebook, Zuckerberg has made much of his money in the last 10 years.

Initially refusing to put ads on the website, he instead focused soley on public growth, later launching the company on the NYSE, instantly making him a billionaire overnight.

As with Jeff Bezos, Mark’s net worth can fluctuate wildly on stock prices and he owns a large home in Palo Alto California and many other properties around the world.

Zuckerberg has donated over $100 million to Newark Public Schools, $25 million to a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and signed Gates’s giving Pledge.

He is currently worth roughly $77.4 billion dollars making him one of the worlds richest people.


24 – Carlos Slim

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Carlos Slim is one of the worlds richest people.

Said to be worth at least $86.6 billion dollars, business magnate Carlos Slim is currently the richest person in Mexico.

Achiving wealth through extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his conglomerate, Grupo Carso, Slim is also the richest person in Latin America.

He owns many residential properties across mexico including the Duke Seamans mansion and the Marquette Building in Detroit.

He previously stated that he has no interest in becoming the world’s richest person and is one of the world’s most generous philanthropists and one of the worlds richest people.


23 – Larry Ellison

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Larry Ellison is one of the worlds richest people.

Co-founder, executive chairman, chief technology officer and former chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation, Larry Ellison is also one of the largest property owners in California.

He owns much of the super rich and luxurious haven known as Carbon Beach and has amassed a portfolio worth well above $1 billion dollars.

He also owns an $80 million, 15,000 sq ft beachfront mansion in Palm Beach Florida and was the ninth richest person in the world in 2021.

Ellison owns almost the entirety of Lanai Island, Paying roughly $300 million dollars in 2012 and has a current net worth of $101.9 billion dollars making him one of the worlds richest people.


22 – Sergey Brin

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Sergey Brin is one of the worlds richest people.

Computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur Sergey Brin is one half of the billionaire duo who invented Google in the 1990’s and reaped the rewards for years to come.

He was named one of the most powerful people in the world in 2009 and is a fan of cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.

He has donated extensively to The Michael J. Fox Foundation and is known to support the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.


21 – Larry Page

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Larry Page is one of the worlds richest people.

With a net worth that can change by billions on a daily basis, the second half of the Google Duo, Larry Page has a net worth at the time of recording of $107.9 billion dollars making him one of the worlds richest people.

Known to be reclusive, Page has moved to Fiji and sold his splendid superyacht, Senses, a $45 million 194-foot boat that he bought in 2011.

He owns a private jet and owns a large home in Palo Alto, California.



20 – Steve Balmer

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Steve Balmer is one of the worlds richest people.

The first “Microsoft” Big-Wig on our list, Steve Balmer teamed up with Friend Bill Gates to become the company’s 30th employee.

After tripling sales and doubling profits, but losing the comppany’s market dominance, Balmer retired from the company in 2013.

With a net worth of $108 Billion dollars, he owns a $9.8 million dollar home in Washington State and another property close by which has been in the family since the 1980’s.

Ballmer acquired the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion in 2014 and purchased forum entertainment for $400 million dollars in 2020 making him one of the worlds richest people.


19 – Warren Buffet

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Warren Buffet is one of the worlds richest people.

Described as one of the most succesful investors to have ever lived, Warren Buffet Started his Berkshire Hathaway Firm from nothing, and to this day still runs the company with a minimal workforce.

Currently worth $123.5 billion dollars, Buffet is the worlds sixth richest person in 2022 and has written 47 books on wealth and investing.

He is good friends with fellow Billionaire, Bill Gates and helped to create “The Giving Pledge” aiming to give away half his wealth to charity.


18 – Bernard Arnault

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Bernard Arnault is one of the worlds richest people.

French businessman, investor, and one of the worlds largest art collectors, Bernard Arnault is the famous face behind Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury goods company.

With a net worth touching $170.9 billion dollars, he is often called the richest person in fashion and was the second-richest man in the world in 2019.

He once owned the converted research vessel Amadeus, which was sold in late 2015 and his current superyacht, Symphony was the largest Feadship had ever built.

She features an outdoor cinema on the bridge deck, a 6-metre glass-bottom swimming pool on the main deck and has an out-door dining area with room for 20 guests.


17 – Bill Gates

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Bill Gates is one of the worlds richest people.

Famous for creating Microsoft, a company that has software on almost every computer on the planet, Bill Gates has reaped the commercial rewards and today, has a net worth of close to $177.8 billion dollars.

Gates has been involved in a considerable amount of philanthropy and along with several other billionaires, created the giving pledge that gaurantees half of his wealth to charity.

He owns a $130 million, tech-heavy mansion dubbed Xanadu 2.0 which sits on the shores of Lake Washington in Medina.

The house features an estate-wide server system, 60-foot swimming pool with an underwater music system and a 2,500-square-foot gym.


16 – Jeff Bezos

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Jeff Bezos is one of the worlds richest people.

Currently the second richest person in the world and often going toe to toe with Elon Musk for the top spot, Jeff Bezos is famous for founding the behemoth known as Amazon.

Bezos started his company from the ground up and today he is involved in a number of ventures including private space company Blue Origin and he owns The Washington Post.

Bezos has a net worth at the time of recording, totalling $180.4 billion dollars, however this changes daily due to the Amazon share price.



15 – John Jacob Astor

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John Jacob Astor was one of the worlds richest people.

A lieutenant colonel in the Spanish–American War, Astor was also a real estate developer, investor and writer.

He was the richest passenger aboard the RMS Titanic and was thought to be among the richest people in the world when he died in the tragedy.

His $87 million dollar net worth would, today, be worth close to $183 billion dollars and he made much of his fortune from real estate and the Astoria Hotel, dubbed the worlds most luxurious.

He owned a large country estate, Ferncliff, in New York City and a large home at 840 Fifth Avenue in the city.


14 – Cornelius Vanderbilt

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Cornelius Vanderbilt was one of the worlds richest people.

Nicknamed “the Commodore”, this American Business magnate built his wealth in the railroad and shipping industrial revolution.

Vanderbilt was the patriarch of the wealthy and influential Vanderbilt family and Vanderbilt University in Nashville is named after him.

He is thought to have had a net worth of $105 million when he died on January 4, 1877 and if you take into account inflation, today thats roughly $185 Billion Dollars.


13 – Vladamir Putin

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Vladamir Putin is one of the worlds richest people.

Needing no introduction on our list given the current circumstances at the time of recording the video, Vladamir Putin has estimated secret wealth reserves of over $200 billion dollars.

Aquiring much of his wealth from Russia’s vast gas and oil reserves, he has also taken complete control of all media and business in the country.

While not owning much in the way of property, that we know of, he is rumored to own a $1 billion dollar palace and a large home in Moscow.

Its hard to put an exact figure on the wealth of Putin, however he could easily be the richest person on the planet currently.


12 – Muammar Gaddafi

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Muammar Gaddafi is one of the worlds richest people.

When people think of, Muammar Gaddafi they see the leader of one of the most brutal and totalitarian regimes of the 21st century.

Gaddafi, more well known as Colonel Gaddafi, met his end at the hands of rebels in October 2011.

He dominated Libya’s politics for four decades and ruled by the cult of personality while stealing his countries oil profits and financed global terrorism.

Known to have a vast hidden fortune that ws only discovered after his death, its thought he was worth upwards of $200 billion making him one of the richest people on the planet when he died.

He was known to own multiple properties including a large compound in Tripoli, over $1 billion worth of property in London and a large yacht, currently being converted into the “Hydrogen Viking”.


11 – Elon Musk

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Elon Musk is one of the worlds richest people.

Fast climbing the list as one of the wealthiest people in History, Musk is already the wealthiest person in the 21st century with a current net worth of $221 Billion Dollars.

With his race to colonize The Moon, Mars and Beyond, its easy to see why he could become a trillionaire in his lifetime.

Other ventures include his Tesla electric car business, The Starlink Broadband Service, Solar City based in the United States and his sale of former company Paypal.
Future projects could include an Artificial Intelligence business and the possibility of mining asteroids.



10 – William The Conqueror

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William The Conqueror was one of the worlds richest people.

A name that needs no explanation, especially in British Circles, William The Conqueror had an inflation-adjusted estimated net worth of $229.5 billion dollars.

Known as William I, the first Norman King of England ruled between 1066 until his death in 1087.

Although he claimed that all land in England belonged to him, he only retained about one fifth for his own use, with other parts going to the church and various supporters.


9 – Mir Osman Ali Khan

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Mir Osman Ali Khan was one of the worlds richest people.

The last ruler of what was then known as Hyderabad, Osman Ali Khan ascended the throne on 29 August 1911, at the age of 25 and during the 20th century, was the richest man in the world.

Estimated to have a fortune of almost $2 billion by his early 40s, Khan’s funeral procession in 1976 was one of the largest to ever be held in India.

His net worth today would have been rouughly $230 billion dollars and jewels given to the British Royal family by Khan are still worn to this day.


8 – Jakob Fugger

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Jakob Fugger was one of the worlds richest people.

Also known as Jakob Fugger the Rich or sometimes Jakob II, he financed the rise of Maximilian I and was able to secure the election of the Spanish king Charles I to become Holy Roman Emperor.

A lifelong Roman Catholic, he is among one of the most well known German’s to have ever lived and was involved in both mining and trading in the extraction of silver and copper from 1493.

His net worth at the time of his death was approximately 2 million guilders, and, given inflation today his fortune would be worth $308 billion dollars.


7 – Nikolai Romanov

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Nikolai Romanov was one of the worlds richest people in the world and Russia

Another famous name this time coming from Russian heritage, Nikolai Romanov, or as he is more popularly known, Tsar Nicolas ll was exceptionally rich, even by Russian standards.

His $309 Billion dollar fortune at the time of his death included many palaces decorated with gold and owned the largest yacht in the world during his life.

His family created over 50 Faberge Eggs made from gold and platinum, however much of this wealth was destroyed in the Bolshevik Revolution.

Some priceless artifacts are still said to be hidden in Russia today, waiting to be discovered.


6 – Andrew Carnegie

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Andrew Carnegie was one of the worlds richest people.

Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was one of the richest Americans in history who gave away around $350 million dollars in the last few years of his life.

He was, of course worth far more than this and even wrote an article named “The Gospel of Wealth” that called on the rich to use their wealth to improve society.

Today he would have been worth $310 billion dollars and started work as a telegrapher, but by the 1860s he had investments in railroads, railroad sleeping cars, bridges and oil derricks.

He purchased Skibo Castle in Scotland and had a large mansion in New York that today, still exists on Fifth Avenue and is a museum.



5 – John D. Rockefeller

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John D. Rockefeller was one of the worlds richest people.

A more notable name that many people watching will recognise, John D. Rockefeller was not only the richest man of the 1900’s, he is often remembered soley fot this sheer raw wealth.

Rockefeller was already worth about $200 million dollars in 1902, a total that would, today, amount to $240 billion dollars and was investing in everything from oil to banking.

But he was just getting started and over the last few decades of his life, investments and economic growth put his total wealth in today’s numbers at close to $350 billion.


4 – Musa I of Mali

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Musa The 1st of Mali is often said to be the worlds richest person

Also known as Mansa Musa, he was the Ruler of the kingdom of Mali in the early 1300s, one of the most powerful West African states.

Sometimes called one of the wealthiest people in history, he had an estimated net worth of roughly $415 billion dollars in today’s timeline.

Travelling to Mecca in 1324, Musa traveled with an enormous entourage and up to 18 tons of gold, a metal he said grew like like a plant in his kingdom.

He often gave away so much gold on his travels that the global price of the rare metal changed on multiple occasions.

He helped pay for the construction of Timbuktu’s largest mosque and although often mistaken for being the wealthiest person ever, his net woth pales in comparisson to the next three people on our list.


3 – Marcus Crassus

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Marcus Crassus was one of the worlds richest people.

Killed in action after attempting to invade the Parthians, Marcus Crassus was once called the richest man in Rome and was known for his thirst for wealth.
Famous for leading the Roman campaign against rebel slave leader Sparticus while he was praetor,

Crassus crushed the rebelion and was later handed governorship of the Syria region, that is said to have an inexhaustible source of wealth.

It appears a vast wealth of what is today, $2 trillion dollars was not enough for Crassus, later starting the war he could now win, and paying the ultimate price.


2 – Caesar Augustus

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Caesar Augustus or Octavian, was one of the worlds richest people.

The first of many Roman Emperor’s, Caesar Augustus was better known as Octavian and was founder of the ancient Roman Empire, after the republic had fallen.

With a personal net worth of betweem $4 trillion and $6.63 trillion dollars in today’s money, Octavian owned a fifth of the entire Roman Empire that equalled 30% GDP of the whole world at the time.

He owned a large palace in Rome and several great villa’s in Naples one of which is where he is said to have died.



1 – Alexander the Great

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Alexander the great is the richest person in world history

Thought to be the richest person to have ever lived, Alexander The Great created one of the largest empires on earth during his 13-year reign as the king of Macedonia.

Stretching from Greece to northwestern India,he conquered the eastern Mediterranean, Egypt, the Middle East, and parts of Asia and although his exact net worth is said to be unknown, its estimated at roughly $250 trillion in today’s money.

Undefeated in battle and considered to be one of history’s greatest military commanders, Alexander also had many side businesses that included trading and he was paid every time someone bought or sold on his markets.

Undoubtedly one of the most talented rulers in history, Quantifying his wealth is difficult and writings suggest he also made considerable money from the slave trade.


Bonus : Ghengis Khan

Top 50 Richest People In World History
Ghengis Khan was one of the worlds richest people.

Conquering roughly 12 million square miles of land between 1206 and his death in 1227, this famous Mongolian leader, at one time, held more land than any other person in history.

Khan held land that is estimated to be worth hundreds of trillions of dollars today, however he often gave this land away or re-distribute stolen loot among his subjects.

In today’s money had he kept the spoils of war, Khan could have been worth up to $600 Trillion dollars, making him, by far, the richest conqueror of all time.


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