Did you ever have a random thought about who the richest people of all time were? We all know currently that Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are two of the richest people. We’ve all seen what Elon Musk is doing with Twitter (now X), and the changes aren’t for the better. Meanwhile, Mark is doing reasonably well with improving Meta (but there’s still no way to edit messages in Messenger).
It’s even mentioned in Lord ping’s that Mark is one of those who worked their way up to becoming the wealthiest person.
Now, we’ll show you a list of people who are considered to be the richest people of all time. Let’s have an overview of who they are.
- Genghis Khan
- Bill Gates
- Alan Rufus (a.k.a. Alan the Red)
- John D. Rockefeller
- Andrew Carnegie
- Joseph Stalin
- Akbar I
- Emperor Shenzong
- Augustus Caesar
- Mansa Musa
He was given the name Temujin and was born between 1155 and 1167. He was the eldest child of Hoelun of the Olkhonud clan and Yesugei, a Mongol chieftain of the Borjigin clan. When he was eight years old, his father passed away, and his family in the Mongol steppe was left behind by their clan.
Due to his extensive land holdings and lack of a strong financial background, he is regarded as the wealthiest individual in history. He is, nonetheless, among the greatest military leaders ever. He was in charge of the greatest contiguous empire in history since he was able to extend his influence from China to Europe. Scholars assert that despite his immense power, he never accumulated wealth in one place. The secret to his influence was simply his generosity.
Unlike many pre-modern armies, the author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World says, Mongol warriors were forbidden from seizing personal booty. Each thing they captured was listed by government clerks once they had taken a territory, and then it was given to the troops and their families. He still got a piece of the loot, but it wasn’t much of a fortune. The author writes, “He built no palace for himself or his family, no temple, no tomb, not even a house.” He lived and passed away in a wool ger (yurt). He was buried after being covered in felt like any other dead person, the man continued. August 25, 1227, saw the passing of Genghis Khan.
He was given the name William Henry Gates on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington, and went on to become a multibillionaire investor. He is well-known for partnering with his childhood friend Paul Allen to start Microsoft. He rose through the ranks of Microsoft to become its chairman, president, chief software architect, and CEO while serving as its largest individual shareholder up until May 2014. He played a significant role in the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s as an entrepreneur.
With $78.9 billion in wealth, he is regarded as the richest individual in history.
Alan Rufus (a.k.a. Alan the Red)
He lived in England from 1040 until 1093, and it is known that he was William the Conqueror’s nephew. He participated in the Norman conquest alongside his uncle. According to the writers of The Richest of the Rich, he passed away with £11,000, or around $194 billion in 2014 USD.
John D. Rockefeller
John Davison Rockefeller Senior passed away on May 23, 1937, and he was born on July 8, 1839. He was a philanthropist and business tycoon from the United States. He was regarded as the richest man in modern history and the richest American of all time. He moved about a lot after being born into a big family in Upstate New York and eventually settled in Cleveland. At the age of 16, he began working as an assistant bookkeeper. At the age of 20, he entered into his first of many business partnerships, focusing on oil refining. He established the Standard Oil Company in 1870 and served as its president and major shareholder until 1897. Additionally, he had control over 90% of the oil produced in America.
According to a 1918 federal income tax return and estimates of his total wealth, he was estimated to be worth nearly $1.5 billion in his New York Times obituary. This would be $341 billion in value.
On November 25, 1835, he was born, and on August 11, 1919, he passed away. He was a businessman and philanthropist from the United States. In the late 19th century, Carnegie oversaw the expansion of the American steel industry and rose to become one of the wealthiest people in history. He rose to prominence as a philanthropist in the British Empire, the United States, and Great Britain. In the 18 years before his death, he donated over 90% of his wealth to foundations, charities, and educational institutions.
Prior to all of that, he was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, and moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his parents when he was 12 years old in 1848. He first worked as a telegrapher before making investments in oil derricks, railroads, sleeping trains, and bridges by the 1860s.
He sold U.S Steel, his business, to J.P Morgan in 1901 for $480 million, which translates to $372 billion today.
Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, who was 74 years old when he passed away on March 5, 1953, was born on December 18, 1878. He was a political figure who oversaw the Soviet Union and a Soviet revolutionary. From 1922 until 1952, he served as the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s General Secretary, and from 1941 to 1953, he presided over the country’s Council of Ministers. In Gori, in the Russian Empire (now known as Georgia), he was actually born into a low-income family.
He is regarded as one of history’s richest persons since he had total control over a country with 9.6% of the world’s GDP because of his money.
He was born on October 15, 1542, and passed away on October 27, 1605, and is more commonly referred to as Akbar the Great. He was the most powerful emperor of the Mughal dynasty in India since his kingdom produced nearly one-fourth of the world’s total economic production. As a result of having ruled an empire with 25% of the world’s GDP, he is regarded as one of the wealthiest people.
He was born Zhao Zhongzhen on May 25, 1048, and passed away at the age of 36 on April 1, 1085. After taking the throne, he changed his name to “Zhao Xu”. From 1067 until his passing in 1085, he was king.
During his dynasty, he ruled one of history’s most prosperous empires. At its height, the country contributed between 25% and 30% of the global economic output. Both the empire’s technological advancements and its exceptional tax collection abilities contributed to its wealth.
He was also known as Octavian. He was born on September 23, 63 BC, and passed away on August 19, AD 14. He was widely acknowledged as the Roman Empire’s founder. From January 16th, 27 BC, till his passing, he was king.
According to Stanford history professor Ian Morris, Augustus once had a personal fortune equal to one-fifth of the entire economy of his empire, despite the fact that his dominion produced 25% to 30% of the world’s economic production. In 2014, that would be equivalent to around $4.6 trillion.
He is frequently referred to as the richest person in history and was the king of Timbuktu. His West African empire was perhaps the world’s biggest gold producer during the time when gold was in high demand, claims a history expert. Although sources would depict the king’s wealth in words that were impractical at the time, it is difficult to determine just how affluent he was. He was the Mali Empire’s ninth Mansa, and he ruled during the time when its dominion expanded to its greatest extent.
Among the individuals featured here are still regarded as among the richest persons ever, and they continue to expand the list.