Money has always been considered as a yardstick to measure a person’s success and most of us tend to amass money during our lifetime. There have been people in the history of the world who have been known for their immeasurable wealth and riches.
Here is a list of top 10 world’s wealthiest people of all time:
10. Cornelius Vanderbilt
One of the richest people ever was Cornelius Vanderbilt, the American industrialist who was engaged in shipping and railroads business. He collected a wealth worth $ 185 billion during his lifetime and was also known for his philanthropic activities.
9. Henry Ford
Henry Ford, the leading American industrialist, literally changed the world by manufacturing affordable cars under his world famous brand called Ford Motor Company. He died in 1947 at the age of 83 years and at that time, his net worth equaled $ 199 billion according to the current value.
8. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi
Speaking of the wealthiest people ever, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the ruler of Libya for nearly 40 years, figures next on the list. He started his reign over Libya in 1969 and at the time of his death, the estimated amount of his wealth was around $ 200 billion.
7. William the Conqueror
Next on the list of top 10 richest people of all time is William the Conqueror, who was the first Norman king of England. During the rule of 20 years, from 1066 to 1087, he collected a huge wealth, which would amount to approximately $ 229.5 billion of the present time.
6. Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII
With a wealth reaching an unbelievable $ 236 billion, Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII, the last ruler of the erstwhile state of Hyderabad and Berar, makes it this list. His gold collection was worth $ 100 million while that of diamonds amounted to $ 400 million.
5. Tsar Nicholas II
The next name to be included among the wealthiest people in the history is that of Tsar Nicholas II, who succeeded his father to the throne in 1894 and remained in power for a period of 20 years. His assets were worth as much as $ 300 billion, considering the current inflation rate.
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4. Andrew Carnegie
Andrew Carnegie was a Scotland born industrialist who played a key role in development of steel industry in America. Starting his career as a telegrapher, Carnegie was able to achieve phenomenal success by investing in bridges and railroad industry and amasses a wealth of $ 310 billion.
3. John D Rockefeller
The American industrialist and founder of Standard Oil Company, John D Rockefeller is the next to make it on the list, with his assets reaching a huge figure of $ 340 billion. He has been responsible for the revolution in the petroleum industry and is equally famous for his humanitarian efforts.
2. The Rothschild Family
Featuring next on the list of top 10 wealthiest people of all time is the Rothschild family of Germany. They started their banking business back in 1760s and are today known for controlling banking and real estate assets worth over $ 1 trillion, while their personal wealth amounts to a whopping $ 350 billion.
1. Mansa Musa I
With his wealth reaching the phenomenal figure of $ 400 billion considering the current inflation rate, the tenth king of the Malian Empire comes across as the richest man on the earth. Mansa Musa I amassed most of his wealth by production of gold and salt.
All these men have surpassed all the records in terms of wealth and have created history as far as the value of assets owned by them are concerned.