Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Greg Goodsell

10/16/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Only three of the world's wealthiest men are alive today

Mansa Musa I, an obscure king who ruled West Africa in the 14th century has been declared the richest person in history. Adjusted for inflation, the king leads the list of the world's 25 wealthiest people of all time. Celebrity Net Worth's list includes the expected names of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.

Mansa Musa  was a West Africa king who ruled the Malian Empire which covered modern day Ghana, Timbuktu and Mali. He had a personal net worth of $400 billion at the time of his death in 1331.

Mansa Musa was a West Africa king who ruled the Malian Empire which covered modern day Ghana, Timbuktu and Mali. He had a personal net worth of $400 billion at the time of his death in 1331.


By Greg Goodsell

Catholic Online (

10/16/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Business & Economics

Keywords: Wealth, adjustment, inflation, history

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) - The West Africa king ruled the Malian Empire which covered modern day Ghana, Timbuktu and Mali. He had a personal net worth of $400 billion at the time of his death in 1331.

The Rothschild families, who are second on the list, remain the richest people on earth today with assets that total at least $350 billion. Their assets include mining, banks, private asset management, mixed farming, wine, and charities.

John D. Rockefeller, third on the list, is the richest American to have ever lived. He was worth $340 billion in today's dollars at the time of his death in 1937.

Rounding out the remainder in a numbered list:

4. Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American industrialist born in 1835who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century; worth is set at $310 billion.

5. Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov, also known as Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, born in 1868, had a net worth of nearly $900 million. Under his rule, he approved the Russian mobilization of August 1914, which marked the beginning of Russia's involvement in World War I, in which 3.3 million Russians were killed.

6. Mir Osman Ali Khan, born 1886, was the ruler of Hyderabad until the country was invaded by India, famously used the Jacob Diamond, worth $95 million alone as a paperweight in his office. He supposedly owned more than 50 Rolls Royces. He was worth $236 billion.

7. William the Conqueror, born in 1028 was most famous for invading and subsequently seizing England in 1066. He died in 1087, leaving the equivalent of $229.5billion to his sons.

8. Muammar Gaddafi, born 1942, proved that money can't buy happiness - or respect. By the time he was torn apart by an angry mob in 2011 in his North African nation of Libya, his net worth was set at $200 billion.

9. Henry Ford, born in 1863, was the founder of the iconic Ford Motor Company, also helped to develop the assembly line technique of mass production. At the time of death in 1947, Ford had accumulated a net worth equivalent to $199 billion.

10. Cornelius Vanderbilt, born in 1794, is the third richest American to ever live. Making his first fortune in the steamboat industry, his wealth exploded through his investments in railroads at the age of 70. At his death in 1877, his estate was worth the equivalent of $185 billion.

11. Alan Rufus, born in 1040, was the military companion of William the Conqueror, the list's seventh richest person to ever live. Rufus was given 250,000 acres of land in England, which at the time was worth the equivalent to $178.65 billion.

12. No surprise, Bill Gates, born in 1955 is currently the second richest person alive with a net worth of $62.5 billion. The former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft, the world's largest personal-computer software company, remains the largest individual shareholder, with 6.4 percent of the common stock.

13. William de Warenne, birth unknown was an English military leader and nobleman. At his death in 1088, his land was worth the equivalent of $146.13 billion.

14. John Jacob Astor, born in 1763, made his first million by trading furs from Canada to wealthy women in New York City, using his money to acquire some of Manhattan's most sought after real estate. His net worth was equivalent to $121 billion when he died in 1848.

15. Richard Fitzalan, born in 1306, was a prominent English nobleman and land owner. His net worth was the equivalent of $118.6 billion at the time of his death in 1376.

16. John of Gaunt, born in 1340, was the third surviving son of England's King Edward III. He had a net worth equal to $110 billion in today's dollars because of very generous land grants.

17. Stephen Girard, born in 1750 was a French born shipping and banking mogul. He was worth $105 billion in 1831, in his adopted home of Philadelphia. He personally saved the U.S. government from financial collapse during the War of 1812, and became one of the wealthiest men in America.

18. Alexander Turney Stewart, born in 1803 arrived in the U.S. from Ireland and created the world's largest department store at the time, becoming the developer of mail-order shopping. When he died in 1876 he was worth the equivalent of $90 billion.

19. Henry Duke of Lancaster, born in 1301 was an English nobleman who lived from 1310 to 1361 and acquired a net worth equivalent to $85.1 billion in modern dollars.

20. Friedrich Weyerhauser, born in 1834, made his first fortune in the timber business, buying enough land to make him the largest private land owner in America. When he died in 1914, his estate was worth the equivalent of $80 billion in 2012 dollars.

21. Jay Gould, born in 1836 was Cornelius Vanderbilt's public enemy, the infamous railroad king amassing $71 billion by the time of his death in 1892.

22. Carlos Slim, born in 1940 is currently the wealthiest man in the world. With a current net worth of $68 billion, the Mexican media mogul has more than $5.2 billion more than Bill Gates.

22. Stephen van Rensselaer, born in 1764, eventually became Lieutenant Governor of New York. He had a net worth of $68 billion.

23. Marshall Field, born in 1834, was the founder of Marshall Field and Company. He was worth $66 billion, inflation adjusted, at the time of his death in 1906.

24. Sam Walton, born in 1918, the man who gave America Wal-Mart, had a net worth of $65 billion at the time of his death in 1992, which he left to his widow and three children.

25. Warren Buffet, widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century, had a peak net worth of $64 billion before he started giving all his money to charity.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Business & Economics

Overworked Wall Street employees experience seizures, are hospitalized, and have died Watch

Image of John Hughes in Thomas' bedroom (Damon Winter).


Wall Street has always been a very demanding place to work and with recent work-related deaths, it seems that Wall Street must find a way to provide work-life balance to its employees.  NEW YORK CITY, NY (Catholic Online) - Thomas Hughes was a 29-year-old ... continue reading

7 ways to bring your family out of debt Watch

Image of


There are a lot of ways the improper handling of finances can jeopardize you and your family. The cost-of-living continues to get higher yet your income doesn't. How can you make ends meet? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Fear not! You can regain control of your ... continue reading

3 easy ways to save money and pay off debt Watch

Image of


Work and play, earn and spend -It's the way the economy survives, but what about your survival? If you're having trouble saving money, don't have a dedicated savings account or just don't know how to stop spending, you may have a problem. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading

Is the stock market in trouble? Historical market turndowns following papal visits Watch

Image of Papal visits versus the stock market were reviewed.


As Pope Francis visits the United States, historical data of visits from his predecessors to the United States were linked to several market downturns in the US. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis made his historical visit to the United ... continue reading

Construction of high-speed rail between L.A., Las Vegas approved by U.S., China Watch

Image of Signed before Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the U.S., the project is a milestone in China's efforts to market its high-speed rail technology in advanced economies.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A joint venture to build a high-speed railway linking Las Vegas and Los Angeles has been agreed upon. The project will be the first Chinese-made bullet-train project in the U.S. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - XpressWest Enterprises LLC, along with a China ... continue reading

PENDING FED DECISION: U.S. may be due for the first rate hike in 10 years Watch

Image of A relative

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Federal Reserve may have to make a very hard decision shortly. "If the Open Market Committee takes the plunge, it will be the first US rate hike in nearly 10 years," Telegraph columnist Jeremy Warner says. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It will be the ... continue reading

Bear market looms, Yale University market scholar warns Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There is widespread concern that U.S. stocks are overvalued, which will lead to a ferocious bear market unseen since the "Dot-com" bubble burst in 2000. According to research by Yale University market scholar and Nobel economics laureate Robert Shiller, while ... continue reading

Job participation rate in U.S. at 38-year low Watch

Image of According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation's civilian non-institutional population - which means that all people 16 years of age or older who were not in the military or an institution -- reached 251,096,000.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Americans not participating in the labor force jumped by a whopping 261,000 more in August than there was in July. The participation rate in U.S. labor remained at 62.6 percent, a 38-year low, for a third straight month in August. These are "cheerful" ... continue reading

Islamic State attempts to replace the U.S. dollar with gold coins Watch

Image of A five denar piece featuring a picture of seven wheat stalks, representing the

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Islamic State has announced it will be producing gold currency with the goal of weakening the dollar. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A video posted Saturday, August 29th by the Islamic State warns that replacing the dollar will be "the second blow to America's ... continue reading

Art collectors seek liquidity as market plummets Watch

Image of Picasso piece auctioned for a record $179.4 million.


Inquiries about art loans reportedly increased after global equities plunged. The unfortunate event led many to view their collections as assets and investment to cash-in.  MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Bloomberg Business reports many collectors and ... continue reading

All Business & Economics News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jonah 3:1-10
1 The word of Yahweh was addressed to Jonah a second ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 130:1-2, 3-4, 7-8
1 [Song of Ascents] From the depths I call to you, ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 10:38-42
38 In the course of their journey he came to a ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 6th, 2015 Image

St. Bruno
October 6: Bruno was born in Cologne of the prominent Hartenfaust family. ... Read More