Who are the richest people who have ever lived? How rich do you think you have to be to make it onto this list? Think billions and trillions of dollars! But a few have only recently earned the enormous amount of wealth necessary to join the list of the world’s richest. If they can do it, why not us, right? Let’s see if we can learn a thing or 2 from them.
Bill Gates 0:43
Jeff Bezos 1:48
Alan Rufus 2:40
John D. Rockefeller 3:25
Andrew Carnegie 4:21
Mansa Musa 5:07
Augustus Caesar 5:59
Emperor Shenzong of Song 6:40
Akbar I 7:35
Genghis Khan 8:36
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Bill Gates, founder Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks during a “Lessons from Leaders” event on Ebola in Washington, DC, September 29, 2014. Gates’ foundation pledged $50 million to fight the Ebola epidemic through emergency medical care, supplies and long-term research into potential treatment therapies: By JIM WATSON/AFP/EAST NEWS, https://www.eastnews.ru/pictures/picture/id/32516136/i/0/t/0
Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates gets out of his limousine as he arrives at the Microsoft Vista house before delivering the opening keynote on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, to kick off CES with his vision of the year ahead in consumer electronics. Gates for ten years in a row, has used his keynote address at CES to unveil new products ranging from Xbox and Tablet PC to Smartphones: By DAMIAN DOVARGANES/ASSOCIATED PRESS/East News, https://www.eastnews.ru/pictures/picture/id/9629680/i/0/t/0
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– Gates is the second richest person alive today, and his net worth is $95 billion. Born in 1955 in Seattle, Washington, he became a top student and had an almost perfect score in his college SATs, earning him a spot at Harvard University.
– Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world today with a current net worth of around $160 billion. He founded Amazon in a garage in Seattle in 1994 and owns 16% of the company, for which he is also the Chief Executive Officer.
– Alan Rufus was the nephew and military companion of William the Conqueror, and he gained an estimated net worth of $180 billion during his lifetime. He was one of the richest and most powerful men in England.
– Rockefeller was a well-known philanthropist and one of the world’s wealthiest men with a net worth of $341 billion. He was born in 1839 in New York and had humble beginnings as the son of a traveling salesman.
– Carnegie was a businessman, industrialist, and steel tycoon, said to be the richest American of all time with a net worth of $372 billion. He was born in 1835 in Scotland and later emigrated to the United States.
– Mansa Musa was the 14th-century emperor of the West African Empire of Mali. His empire was one of the largest producers of gold at the time, and gold was in high demand during that era.
– After the death of his great-uncle Julius Cesar, Augustus Caesar transformed Rome from a republic to an empire, becoming its first emperor. At its highest point, the Roman Empire accounted for up to 30% of the entire world’s economic output.
– Shenzong’s wealth is estimated to be over $30 trillion. He was a highly skilled strategist and implemented new economic and social programs.
– Akbar I was the greatest emperor of India’s Mughal dynasty. He owned 25% of India’s total wealth — that’s $21 trillion in today’s terms!
– Genghis Khan is considered one of the most successful military leaders of all time, and he is also the richest man in history. But Genghis Khan didn’t have that much cash, so to speak. Instead, he amassed his wealth in the form of land.
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