Bill Gates may have billions of dollars, but not even the Microsoft mogul can match the astounding wealth of these money mavens! A inflation-adjusted list by Celebrity Net Worth has determined the richest people of all time, and some of them might surprise you! From manufacturing billionaires to 14th century rulers, see who made the top ten!
Fun Facts About The Richest People Who Ever Lived:
- These billionaires control a combined $4.317 trillion!
- The richest people ever are all men. Sadly No women cracked the top 25.
- 14 out of the 25 people are Americans.
- Bill Gates is the richest American and the richest person still alive on this list.
- Carlos Slim Helu, the former richest person in the world, did not even crack the top 20.
So sit back, get a drool bucket and checkout the richest people who ever lived, inflation adjusted.
12. Bill Gates $136 Billion
Bill Gates established his fortune founding the software company Microsoft.
11. Alan Rufus: $178.65 billion
Alan Rufus was a companion of William the Conqueror during the Norman Conquest of England. He owned a lot of land in England.
10. Cornelius Vanderbilt, $185 billion
One of the most famous names in American history was built by Cornelius Vanderbilt, a man who came to fortune through the building of railroads and shipping lines during the 1800s. He is also the founder of Vanderbilt University, and his family name still carries much clout today. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is even a part of the Vanderbilt family. During his heyday, Cornelius Vanderbilt’s wealth reached an approximate $185 billion, most of it accumulated later in life as he expanded his railroad empire following the Civil War.
9. Henry Ford, $199 billion
One of the major figures in American business history, Henry Ford was able to put together a net worth totaling just under $200 billion. Ford, of course, is known for founding Ford Motor Co. and bringing automobiles to the masses. A transportation revolutionary, he also was a trailblazer in industry and business, instituting higher wages for his workers and developing the concept of the assembly line, which allowed for the manufacture of inexpensive goods that the masses could afford.
8. Muammar Gaddafi, $200 billion
One person who most readers are likely familiar with is Muammar Gaddafi, the deceased and overthrown ruler of the northern African country of Libya. Gaddafi is said to have controlled a vast fortune of $200 billion, amassed during his 42-year rule over Libya. A highly controversial and divisive politician and ruler, Gaddafi was famously overthrown in 2011 during the Libyan civil war, when he was dragged into the streets and killed by revolutionaries.
7. William the Conqueror, $229.5 billion
William the Conqueror’s wealth has been estimated to be between $209 billion and $229 billion. Best known for becoming the first Norman king of England, William reigned from 1066 until 1087. He led the final successful invasion of England, becoming a monarch after setting out to depose of one. He was also known as William the Bastard and is thought to have been a descendant of viking invaders from years before, which explains where he got his knack for invasion.
6. Mir Osman Ali Khan, $236 billion
Mir Isman Ali Khan, ruler of Hyderabad betweem 1911 and 1984, had a staggering net worth equivalent to $236 billion. He was named the richest man in the world by Time Magazine in 1937, and remains one of the wealthiest today decades after his death.
5. Czar Nicholas II Of Russia, $300 Billion
Czar Nicholas II of Russia, Ruler of the Russuan empire from 1894 to 1917, may have met a grim fate, but not before he accumulated enormous fortune. His Net Worth is estimated at $300 Billion.
4. Andrew Carnegie, $310 Billion
Few industrialists can compete with the enomous succes of steel tycoon Andrew Carneige, who made $480 million when he sold hsi Carnegie Steel Company to JP Morgan in 1901. Today, that deal would have been worth $310 billion
3. John D. Rockefeller, $340 billion
Industrialist John D. Rockerfeller’s net worth lands around $340 billion, making him the richest American of all time
2. The Rothschild Family, $350 billion
The Rothschild family ruled the European banking business throughout the 19th century. The come in second on the list at $350 billion
1. Mansa Musa, $400 billion
Far and away the richest man to ever walk the face of the Earth was Mansa Musa, or Musa I of Mali. As the reigning emperor of the Mali empire, Musa commanded a fortune worth a jaw-dropping $400 billion. That’s worth more than four times the current richest person in the world, to put things in perspective. Musa was born in 1280 and lived until 1337 as a devout Muslim, constructing numerous educational centers and mosques across Africa, one of which can be seen above, in Timbuktu. Being as that Musa’s reign was so long ago, there are still varying reports about his death and abdication of the throne to his son. However, no one has been able to come even close to the amount of wealth Musa presided over.