The Richest People Ever

According to Forbes, Mexican Carlos Slim is the richest person in the world. His net worth stands at $74 Billion. He has made his billions from this telecom business. But he is way behind some of the others, if we consider the richest people to have lived ever.

Here is a listing of the 10 richest people ever. Even the #10 on this list has a net worth of $185 Billion, which is almost two and a half times more than Carlos Slim.

Cornelius Vanderbilt

Net worth: $185 Billion
Lived: 1794-1877
Source of wealth: Shipping, railroads

Cornelius Vanderbilt started his own ferry business in New York at the age of sixteen. He took a loan of hundred dollars from his mother to start this business and made a huge success of it. The University of Vanderbilt gets its name from him. He invested his profits into other businesses and soon became very rich.

Henry Ford

Net worth: $199 Billion
Lived: 1863-1947
Source of wealth: Automobiles

Often people would by mistake credit Henry Ford for inventing the automobile. Such is his fame. In 1903, Ford started his own car company. He is considered to be one of the most well-known self-made men in the world. He made billions in just a few years. He taught entrepreneurs how to be enterprising enough to get what they want.

Moammar Gadhafi

Net worth: $200 Billion
Lived: 1942-2011
Source of wealth: Oil

Moammar Gadhafi, the revolutionary turned head of state, turned dictator (to some people) is among the richest people ever. He was from Libya. The coffers of Libya provided him with enough wealth that lasted not only him, but also his descendants a life time. He took the advantage of his position in power to amass a large personal fortune for himself. In fact, his fortunes are still being discovered.

William the Conqueror

Net worth: $229.5 Billion
Lived: 1027-1087
Source of wealth: Royalty

The Viking, William the Conqueror took over the country of England in the middle of the eleventh century. It is believed that he had in possession a very large personal fortune. Consequently, he was one of the most well off people in his day and age. His assets were worth two hundred and thirty billion dollars, something that is tough to imagine even today.

Mir Osman Ali Khan

Net worth: $230 Billion
Lived: 1886-1967
Source of wealth: Royalty

Mir Osman Ali Khan was the Nizam of Hyderabad (in today’s India). He had in his possession as much as two hundred and thirty billion dollars. He continued to retain this wealth even after the arrival of the British. There was no coercion on the part of the colonial rulers to get him to surrender his wealth. He continued to lead a life of extreme luxury even after British takeover.

Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov

Net worth: $300 Billion
Lived: 1868-1918
Source of wealth: Royalty

Nikolai Romanov, famous for being the last monarch of Russia possessed three hundred billion dollars worth of fortune. His life was under threat in 1917. He sought asylum in the United Kingdom. Having been denied this asylum, he was forced to remain in Russia and was assassinated during the Bolshevik Revolution in 1918. This changed Russian history forever.

Andrew Carnegie

Net worth: $310 Billion
Lived: 1835-1919
Source of wealth: Steel

Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish worker in the US. He worked in the steel industry. His story is a classic case of rags-to-riches. He started his own steel company (the Carnegie Steel Company) and soon amassed billions of dollars. He possessed as much as three hundred and ten billion dollars at the time of his death. Andrew was a great philanthropist too.

John D. Rockefeller

Net worth: $340 Billion
Lived: 1839-1937
Source of wealth: Oil

John Rockefeller is an American entrepreneur from the early nineteenth century. He monopolized the production and ownership of oil in the country. John’s wealth came by starting his very own oil company in the area of Stanford in 1870. John was able to earn so much money that he could afford doing nothing for the last forty years of his life. The famous University of Chicago was founded by him. In later years, he spent a lot of money on medical research and school.

The Rothschild Family

Net worth: $350 Billion
Source of wealth: Banking

The Rothschild family, a Jewish German family in Europe in the late eighteenth century, made billions of dollars through their banking and finance business. They were one of the most powerful and richest families in Europe at the time. The family is credited for establishing finance and banking in Europe. Even today, the family owns an estimated $1 trillion in real estate.

Mansa Musa I

Net worth: $400 Billion
Lived: 1280-1337
Source of wealth: Royalty

Without a doubt the richest man to have lived ever. His net worth is estimated to be almost six times of Carlos Slim, the richest person today. Mansa Munsa ruled over the nations of Mali, Timbuktu and Ghana and his wealth came from the vast reserves of gold and salt in the Malian Empire. Several dazzling mosques were built by him. They continue to exist even today in Africa. He was referred to as the “king of kings”.

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