mansa musa

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s net worth just crossed $100 billion, the first time in modern history that a person has been known to hold such a massive amount of wealth.

But he’s still far from African King Musa Keita I, who is thought to be the richest person of all time — “richer than anyone could describe,” reports Time.

Literally. His fortune was incomprehensible, Time’s Jacob Davidson writes: “There’s really no way to put an accurate number on his wealth.”

He ruled the Mali Empire in the 14th century and his land was laden with lucrative natural resources, most notably gold.

“His vast wealth was only one piece of his rich legacy,” reports Jessica Smith in a TED-Ed original lesson. Read on to learn more about the legendary king and see what it was really like to be the richest person in history:

An earlier version of this post was written by Kathleen Elkins.

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Musa Keita I came into power in 1312. When he was crowned, he was given the name Mansa, meaning king. At the time, much of Europe was famished and in the middle of civil wars, …read more


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