Am sure you know of Bill gates, the current richest man alive, who at height of his power was able to reach $100 billion networth. You may also know of John D. Rockefeller, the richest man in living memory with an estimated wealth around $250 billion. Both these men are from United states.
But what you may not know is the Richest of them all. And most surprising, he is an African, by the name of MANSA MUSA.
African King Musa Keita I is thought to be the richest person of all time — “richer than anyone could describe,” reports Time. His wealth was incomprehensible.
REENACTMENT- Mansa Musa (played by John Phillips) looks over at his disciples.
(Photo Credit: Cineflix International Media/ Darren Goldstein)
Musa Keita I came into power in 1312. When he was crowned, he was given the name Mansa, meaning king. It is said that Mansa Musa had conquered 24 cities, each with surrounding districts containing villages and estates, during his reign.
Mansa Musa was in charge of a lot of land. To put it into perspective, he ruled all (or parts) of modern day Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Chad.