Every year the world’s richest people emerge. King Mansa Musa of ancient Africa is still considered the wealthiest person in the world. According to historians, this ruler of the Mali Empire of West Africa had so much wealth that neither the founder of Microsoft (Bill Gates) nor the CEO of Amazon (Jeff Bezos) had any assets.
Business magazine Forbes produced a list of the world’s richest people. First up is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. His total assets are approximately ₹ 90 billion. He achieved this by defeating Bill Gates. At the same time, it is believed that if Mansa Musa were in this age, then his wealth would be worth a lot.
He is the ruler of Mali country, a world famous country with salt mines. Mansa ruled between 1312 and 1337. His original name was Musa Keita-1, but after becoming ruler, Mansa became Musa-1 name. Mansa means king in the local language.
Their wealth is often speculated. Rudolph, an associate professor at the University of California, told the BBC in an interview that Moses had so much money that it could not yet be assessed.
There is a story behind Moses becoming king. The elder brother of the 14th century historian Shab al-Umri, who sat on the throne of the emperor, was fond of traveling the world. He wanted to know what kind of world is behind the Atlantic. In his search, he rode 2,000 ships filled with soldiers, women and slaves and never returned.
After this, the throne passed into the hands of Moses. His empire expanded and expanded from Timbuktu to Seneca, Burkina Faso, Niger, Gambia and Ivory Coast. With such a large empire, they also found many mines of gold and salt.
The situation in Mali became very prosperous during the 25-year rule of African website africa.com Mansa. Schools, libraries and palaces were built there. Moses considered himself a true Muslim and during his time he did many noble things. This includes giving money to the poor and building mosques.
He is said to have acquired assets of around 400 million in the 13th century. This West African country then had huge gold reserves. According to a report in Time magazine, Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Rudolf Ware claims that Moses’ wealth was so great that people could not even guess it.
When Moses traveled to Mecca in 1324 AD, his caravan consisted of about 60,000 people. About 150 kg of gold was loaded on horses and camels. Moses distributed gold to the needy. Moses also looted the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Moses’s fame spread so much that he was given many titles. Moses’ death is disputed, but he is believed to have died around 1337, after which Manasa Magne took over his father’s throne, although Mali’s condition deteriorated after him.
Today, Mali is considered the 7th largest country in Africa, but its economic condition is poor. More than half of the country’s population is below the international poverty line, but the wealth of the Musa family is immense.