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There are millionaires, billionaires and trillionaires and then  there are quadrillionaires in the world. 

  1. Mansa Musa – He was a 14th Century rule of Mali empire in West Africa and he is believed to have had wealth which was incomprehensible; 

Mansa Musa traveled to Mecca with a caravan of 60,000 men and 12,000 slaves. His wealth was breathless. Economic historians concluded that his wealth was impossible to pin down to a number. 

Historians documented that his brother Abu Bahr loved exploration and one day he abdicated the throne and left for exploration of the Atlantic Ocean with 2,000 ships and was accompanied by thousands of men, women and slaves. He never returned. 

Mansa Musa inherited the throne that remain vacant following the expedition. 

Under his rule, the kingdom of Mali grew exponentially, in the process he annexed 24 cities including Timbuktu. His kingdom covered the modern day Niger, The Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Guinea,  Guinea-Bissau and Ivory Coast. 

With the large land mass, came enormous resources such as salt and gold. According to the British Museum, the Mali Kingdom owned half of the world’s gold. 

The Kingdom of Mali was not well known until Mansa Musa traveled to Mecca alongside 60,000 people comprising his entire royal court, soldiers, merchants, entertainers, camera drivers as well as additional 12,000 slaves. He also traveled with large numbers of sheep and goats for food. 

When Mansa Musa reached Cairo in Egypt, his entourage caused a gold crash. He handed out gold so lavishly in Cairo that people spoke fondly of him 12 years later. This caused the price of gold to plummet. 

Basically his wealth was too enormous to be imagined or measured. Mansa Musa died in 1337 at the age of 57.  

2. Augustus Caesar (63 BC – 14 AD) Roman Emperor had wealth valued at USD $ 4.6 trillion;

Augustus Caesar was the first ruler of the Roman Empire.  He owned a fifth of the empire’s wealth. 

3) Zhao Xu (1048 – 1085) Emperor Shenzong of Song in China had incalculable wealth;

Some sources estimate it to be $30 trillion. He was the first to introduce paper money in the 11th Century. He died at the age of 36. 

4) Akbar I (1542 – 1605), was emperor of India’s Mughal Dynasty with incalculable wealth; 

  • 1542-1605
  • Emperor of India’s Mughal dynasty)
  • Estimated wealth: $21 trillion

5) Genghis Khan (1206 – 1227) 

King of Mongol Empire 

Wealth: $100 trillion 

Mongols conquered 25 million square miles of land which generated lots of wealth for Genghis Khan. 

6) King Solomon – He succeeded his father King David. He was known to be very wealthy and wise king. His net worth was estimated at $2.2 trillion. 

King Solomon is said to have received 25 tons of gold every year for the 39 years which he ruled Israel. 

According to 1 Kings 10:14, in one of the years, King Solomon received 666 talents of 18,125 kilograms of gold.  

Definition 

Trillion – 1,000 billion 

Quadrillion – 1000 trillion 

Sources 

Money.com 

 

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