Emperor Mansa Musa I, who lived in the 1300s, is the richest human ever
The site Celebrity Net Worth researched the richest people to ever walk the planet Earth and came up with a slew of centi-billionaires with personal fortunes deeper than hell. Familiar names like Buffet and Gates broke the list but nowhere close to the top. Malian Emperor Mansa Musa I takes the cake with a $400 billion fortune. Rockefeller and Carnegie come in with adjusted $340 billion and $310 billion fortunes respectively.
Bill Gates is the richest man still alive on the list at number 12 with an adjusted $136 billion fortune. It seems like people just don’t make money like the captains of industry and emperors of centuries past could. If inflation keeps up it won’t be too long before Mansa Musa is the first historical trillionaire—even though in 1999 Wired did the math to prove Gates would be the first in August 2015. 1999 was an optimistic time.