Mansa Musa, the 14th century West African ruler of the Mali Empire, was one of the wealthiest and most powerful rulers in history. Musa was born in 1280 and became the ruler of the Mali Empire in 1312. He was known for his immense wealth and lavish spending.
Mansa’s wealth was so great that had it trickled out slowly, it could still be doing great work in Africa today. Did he fall prey to the wealth trap modern black billionaires put themselves in?
Who was Mans Musa, the richest man in history?
Mansa Musa was renowned for his immense wealth. He was said to be the wealthiest man in history, with a personal fortune estimated at around 400 billion dollars. Musa was so wealthy that he was able to finance the building of the Great Mosque of Djenne and the Mali Empire’s most famous university, Sankoré. He also had a large number of slaves and cattle, which contributed to his vast wealth.
Mansa Musa also had an impressive trading network that extended from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. He acquired his wealth through trading gold, salt, ivory, and slaves, which he acquired through raids and military campaigns. He also had a large number of gold mines, which further increased his wealth.
The beginning of the end of Mans’s wealth
The fame of Mansa Musa’s wealth spread far and wide, and his lavish spending during a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324 only increased his reputation. He was said to have given away so much gold and gifts to people he encountered along the way that he caused a major dip in the price of gold across the Mediterranean.
Mansa’s wealth declined after just one generation
Mansa Musa’s wealth did not last long, however. After his death in 1337, the Mali Empire began to decline due to internal disputes and civil war. His wealth was eventually lost as the empire’s wealth was looted and its gold mines were abandoned.
Although Mansa Musa’s wealth may have been lost, his legacy still lives on. He is remembered as one of the greatest rulers of the Mali Empire, and his wealth and legacy have been immortalized in many works of art and literature. He is also remembered for his generosity and kindness, and for his pioneering role in the development of West African trade.