Jeff Bizos is currently the richest man in the world according to Forbes, with an estimated net worth of $196 billion, but you might be surprised that despite his vast wealth, he doesn’t even make the top 10 list of the richest people of all time!
When you think of the richest people in the world such as Jeff Bizos, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, come to mind, but you might be pleasantly surprised to know that their net worth is far from those richest people who have ever lived through inflation.
These wealthiest people range from business magnates to monarchs, and here we’re going to list the wealthiest 11 people.
Cornelius Vanderbilt with an estimated wealth of $185 billion
This American businessman created his vast wealth from the construction of railroads and shipping lines in the mid-1800s and is considered one of the fathers of the American industrial revolution.
He started his business empire with only one passenger ferry boat and soon expanded his steamship business. The success of his shipping business made it possible for him to start buying railroads in New York and expand to the western parts of the country.
He died in 1877 at the age of 82, and most of his vast wealth was inherited by his son William, and his legacy includes the founding of Vanderbelt University in Nashville , Tennessee.
Alan Rufus with estimated net wealth of $194 billion
Also known as Alan the Red, Alan Rufus was and is the richest man ever in British history and was a French immigrant, Alan was also the nephew of William the Conqueror who took part in the Norman conquest of England in 1066.
Serving under William the Conqueror allowed him to acquire vast tracts of land in England under The Honor of Richmond, which was a gift of thanks for his services at the Conquest, and even commissioned the construction of the Richmond Castle.
He died at the age of 53 with a fortune of £11,000, which at that time accounted for 7% of England’s total GDP, and would roughly translate into $194 billion today.
Henry Ford with an estimated net wealth of $199 billion
Everyone knows the iconic Ford brand and its founder, Henry Ford, who created the Ford Motor Company.
The manufacturer of industrial and automotive vehicles is known for bringing affordable motor vehicles onto the market and has introduced an assembly line for the production of cars that is now being used by every car manufacturer today.
Henry Ford worked at Thomas Edison’s company, which allowed him to experiment with gasoline engines, which later inspired him to set up the Ford Motor Company in 1903, which launched its Model T five years later.
Muammar Gaddafi with an estimated net wealth of $200 billion
Former Libyan Prime Minister Muammar Gaddafi has ruled for 42 years and is believed to have acquired a fortune of $200 billion mainly from his country’s vast oil fields.
His wealth, however, was believed to have been hidden in various secret bank accounts around the world, and some of it has been invested in large-scale real estate and corporate investment.
Muammar was mainly known for his all-female bodyguards and flamboyant clothing, and was killed on October 20, 2011.
William the Conqueror with an estimated net wealth of $209 billion
Best known for leading the invasion of England and becoming the first Norman king of England, William ruled England for 21 years from 1066 to 1087.
William was born in France in the town of Normandy, and through his reign in England he acquired vast tracts of land which he also shared with his fellow Normans, including his nephew Alan Rufus.
Jakob Fugger with an estimated net wealth of $221 billion
Jakob Fugger may not be a name that you would easily recognize today, but he was a wealthy and well-known trader in Europe who had a textile business in Italy and silver and gold mining in Hungary and Bohemia.
He was born into a merchant family in Ausburg, Germany, and has accumulated a net worth of $221 billion over his lifetime.
Mir Osman Ali Khan with an estimated net wealth of $230 billion
Mir Osman Ali Khan is the richest Indian ever to have lived who became the Nizam of Hyderbad, succeeding his father in 1911 when he ascended to the throne of that monastic state.
Although he had a treasury full of gold, silver, jewelry worth millions, and lived in a palace with over 6,000 workers, he had been known to have been particularly stingy and wore the same fez cap for over 30 years.
He reigned over the monarchy for 37 years and died in 1967, leaving behind seven wives, 42 mistresses and 149 children.
Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov with an estimated net wealth of $300 billion
The last Tsar of Russia Nichoas II, Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov, ruled the monarchy of Russia until 1918, when he was executed with his entire family during the Russian Revolution, which ended the rule of the monarchy.
Andrew Carnegie with an estimated net worth of $310 billion
Andrew Carnegie was a well-known business magnate who rose to prominence in the mid-1800s through his steel business Carnegie Steel Company, which he later sold to J.P Morgan for over $300 million in 1901.
Not only was he one of the richest people in the world, he was also one of the most generous, giving more than $350 million ($65 billion in today’s value) to various charities, foundations and universities.
John D. Rockefeller with an estimated net wealth of $340 billion
JD Rockefeller is one of America’s most revered and well-known business magnates, the richest American ever to have lived, outpacing the current Jeff Bizos number one by astounding $144 billion.
Rockefeller’s fortune was amassed by the establishment of Standard Oil in 1870, when he was only 31 years old, and over time he bought most of the oil refineries in America.
Mansa Musa with an estimated net wealth of $400 billion
This black African is the richest man ever to walk on the face of the earth with a net worth of $400 billion.
Mansa Musa was born in 1280 and later became the emperor of Mali, greatly expanding his vast wealth mainly from the natural resources of his country, including gold.
He had so much gold that he freely gave up during his pilgrimage to Mecca that it caused a gold depression in Egypt that took 10 years to recover.