April 7, 2020
The Richest man to have ever lived. Mansa Musa the African Golden King

The Richest man to have ever lived. Mansa Musa the African Golden King

We all dream of being wealthy. A list of the world’s richest people has
been released by Forbes and once again, what a surprise it’s a mix of the usual suspects. Jeff Bezos, with his $131bn
The former hedge fund manager turned online book seller began his Amazon Empire in his
garage in 1994. He still owns 16% of the huge e-commerce business. The share price has risen nearly 500% in the
past five years. Next is the windows mogul Bill Gates, with
$96.5bn. (put the world in their hands for video)
Always found at the top of Forbes’ list for the past two decades the Microsoft founder
has sold or given away a lot of his stake in the company – he owns just 1% of Microsoft. When you think of a fat cat billionaires Warren
Buffet springs to mind, he has $82.5bn. Now in his ninth decade, the Berkshire Hathaway
chief executive, known as the “Oracle of Omagh” is one of the most successful investors
of all time. He may be regarded as “the most successful
investors of all time” But he is far from the richest. So who do these billionaires look at with
a green eye of envy? Let’s take a look Welcome to if…………………………………. Mansa Musa was the richest man who ever lived. This 14th Century West African ruler was so
rich his generous gifts bought an entire country’s economy to its knees. Rudolph Butch Ware, associate professor of
history at the University of California, said that this ruler’s wealth and power was so
great it is almost Incomprehensible to us. The African Mansa Musa was “richer than anyone
could describe”, in 2012, US website Celebrity Net Worth estimated his wealth at $400bn,
but economic historians agreed that his wealth was so large it is almost impossible to put
a number too. Forbes maybe making the lists today but there
is an historical top ten that the likes of Bezos and Gates have yet to reach. The richest men of all time are as follows Mansa Musa obviously tops the list with his
incomprehensible wealth. At number 2 is Augustus Caesar (63 BC-14 AD,
Roman emperor) $4.6tn (£3.5tn) To Asia next and Zhao Xu (1048-1085, emperor
Shenzong of Song in China) his wealth is said to be incalculable
To land of the Taj Mahal and Akbar I (1542-1605, emperor of India’s Mughal dynasty) wealth
incalculable. Americas first entry to the list is Andrew
Carnegie (1835-1919, Scottish-American industrialist) $372bn
Followed by John D Rockefeller (1839-1937) American business magnate) $341bn. Mother Russia throws her hat in the ring with
Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov (1868-1918, Tsar of Russia) $300bn. Toward the bottom of the table is a member
of the raj Mir Osman Ali Khan (1886-1967, Indian royal) $230bn
England’s William the Conqueror (1028-1087) $229.5bn
And the most recent member of this Muammar Gaddafi (1942-2011, long-time ruler of Libya)
$200bn. Gaddafi his vast sums of money and his plans
for a gold based world currency is another story to dig into maybe in another video. Likes get back to Mansa Musa who was also
known as the The golden king. Born in 1280 into a family of rulers. His brother, Mansa Abu-Bakr, ruled the empire
until 1312, when he abdicated to go on an expedition. According to 14th Century Syrian historian
Shibab al-Umari, Abu-Bakr was obsessed with the Atlantic Ocean and what lay beyond it. Reportedly he embarked on an expedition which
consisted of a fleet of some 2,000 ships. Aboard these vessels were thousands of men,
women and slaves. They set sail and never to returned. This disappearance was to the benefit of the
man who would become the golden king as Mansa Musa inherited the kingdom that was left behind. Under his rule, the kingdom of Mali expanded
significantly. He annexed 24 cities, including the famous
Timbuktu. The King ruled over lands which stretched
over 2,000 miles, these lands stretching from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to modern-day
Niger. This kingdom swallowed some of the wealthiest
and fertile lands found on the continent the king built his wealth from having such a large
land mass filled great resources such as gold and salt. The empire of Mali accounted for almost half
of the Old World’s gold, during the reign of Mansa Musa. And all of it belonged to one man, the king. Like an ancient Jeff Bezos he cornered all
trade on his continent only adding to his already vast wealth. Though the empire of Mali was home to so much
gold, the kingdom itself was not well known. This changed when Mansa Musa, a devout Muslim,
decided to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca, travelling through the Sahara Desert and Egypt. The king was said to have left Mali with a
caravan of over 60,000 men. In this traveling kingdom were his entire
royal court. The officials, soldiers, griots (entertainers),
merchants, camel drivers were followed by 12,000 slaves to keep this monster convoy
moving. This rolling kingdom would have been a sight
to behold as all who were part of it even the slaves were clad in gold and the finest
Persian silk. A hundred camels followed, each camel carrying
hundreds of pounds of pure gold. I think I would take one of his camels over
a Bugatti Veron !! The caravan of opulence reached Cairo, and
this were the problems begin. The golden King lived up to his name and handed
out so much gold in Cairo that his three-month stay caused the price of gold to plummet. He caused a gold crash!! For the following 10 years it wrecked Cairo
economy. On his way back home, Mansa Musa passed through
Egypt again, and according to some, tried to fix his mistake and correct the country’s
economy by removing some of the gold he had put into circulation. He borrowed gold back at back at extortionate
interest rates. Some say the king spent so much that he ran
out of gold. There is no doubt that Mansa Musa spent, or
wasted, a lot of gold during his pilgrimage. This excessive generosity did help him to
capture the eyes of the world and put his kingdom on the historical map. He did this both figuratively and literally. In a Catalan Atlas map circa 1375, a drawing
of the African king sits on a golden throne atop Timbuktu, holding a piece of gold in
his hand. Timbuktu grew in legend and became an African
El Dorado. The legend was so great still to this people
go in search of the wealth that myths say is still hidden in the region
The king used much of his gold to construct massive buildings and monuments these including
highly ornate mosques he invested heavily in the education of his people and is often
credited with starting the tradition of education in West Africa. After Mansa Musa died in 1337, at the age
57, the empire was inherited by his sons. They failed to hold the empire together. The smaller states broke away and the empire
slowly crumbled. I wonder with all that money did he die a
happy a man. Had you heard about this lost kingdom of gold
and its affluent ruler? Would like to like to be as rich as Mansa
Musa or any of today’s Billionaires? Let me know in the comments below.

12 thoughts on “The Richest man to have ever lived. Mansa Musa the African Golden King

  1. A history video today as I haven't made on for a while. I would like to remind everyone that we have a special collaboration video for this Sunday's premiere. Have a great end to the week and hopefully I will see you on Sunday,
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  2. Awesome video guy! No I wouldn't wanna be as rich as this guy. Just rich enough to successfully get my projects funded and released

  3. Makes you wonder why in the world would they be jealous of each other when they have that much money! Wow very interesting history lesson you gave us! Well done! πŸ‘πŸ€‘πŸ’°πŸ’΅πŸ’ΈπŸ‘β€οΈ

  4. Well it does help if you just happen to own a gold-rich kingdom, even if it is a tad warm and sandy…
    Perhaps more pertinent to the modern day is that he maintained and added to the great libraries of Timbuktu which still have to be archived as no-one knows what treasures are in there.
    I was aware of this gentleman but strictly speaking it is my feeling that the top half dozen or so of the richest ever don't really count as their wealth is partly inherited and partly derived from the mineral wealth of their 'nation's' natural assets, as in those days they WERE the nation.

  5. Give a man a million dollars and then he has a million problems as it will generate much interest from fake friends and the taxman, you may live a comfortable life but you will never be truly happy I think the more money you have the more spirituality you lose. We all have roles to play in this theatrical play they call life so I'm off to pan for gold in the Hills of North Wales.. Hehe
    No YouTube notification for this one again, great research bud and stay safe!!!

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