Mansa Musa was (still has the record) the richest human being that ever lived. His wealth is almost incomparable to anyone alive – even the newest richest African, Elon Musk.
Musk’s wealth, though massive really is a drop in the bucket, compared to America’s total $15 trillion GDP. Mansa’s wealth was so astounding, that his very presence in some countries – along his way to Mecca – crashed their economies.
The countries economies’ that Musa nearly crashed because he was giving away large amounts of his wealth while passing through; took years to recover.
Who was Mansa Musa?
Mansa Musa was the tenth Mansa (king) of the Mali Empire, reigning from 1312 to 1337. He is widely considered the wealthiest individual of the Middle Ages and is renowned for his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324, which brought him much attention and fame.
During his reign, he expanded the Mali Empire, made it the largest empire in Africa at the time, and made great improvements to the economy and infrastructure of the region.
He was a great patron of the arts and sciences, constructing numerous mosques and universities, as well as commissioning works of art and literature. Mansa Musa is widely remembered as a great leader and is an important figure in African history.
How much would Mansa Musa be worth today?
Calculating Mansa Musa’s exact wealth will always be a near impossible task. However many financial experts have made estimates based on what was written about the him, by contemporaries and scholars.
Though a few have put his 2023 net worth at closer to an unfathomable, $1 trillion USD.