The history knows a lot of rich people – Augustus Caesar, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford. These people lived and ruled in different eras. These people were emperors, real estate moguls, fur merchants, medieval aristocrats and car builders. But have you ever thought about who was the richest one? What their net worth would be if a dollar value was put on their fortunes and they were still alive and ruling today? To save you the time, we did all the necessary calculations and are ready to present to you the wealthiest people in history and how much their assets would be worth today.
Net worth: $4,6 trillion
63 BC – 14 AD
Augustus Caesar was arguably the wealthiest man of all time. His personal wealth was worth one-fifth of the empire’s economy while an empire was accounted for between 25% and 30% of the world’s economic produce.
Net worth: $400-500 billion
1459 – 1525
You might not have heard of him in History class at school but this Italian real-estate mogul reportedly started the Fuggerei – the first affordable housing project in Europe – and was valued at $400-500 billion in today’s money. At the time of his death, his wealth accounted for 2% of Europe’s CGP.
Mansa Musa I of Mali
Net worth: $400-415 billion
His wealth was unimaginable. This African king was in control of the region’s gold and salt production.
John D. Rockefeller
Net worth: $253-400 billion
Who doesn’t know John D. Rockefeller, right? The oil magnate who founded the University of Chicago and hundreds of libraries across the U.S. The Rockefellers still remain one of the wealthiest families in the United States.
Net worth: $310-372 billion
Right before he died, this industrialist, business magnate, and philanthropist gave away most of his money to 3,500 public libraries, thus leaving very little to his immediate family.