The richest person who ever lived

12 APRIL 2021|HISTORY

In the era of Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Wall Street and Big Tech, it is hard to fathom a more prosperous time in human history. However, many believe Mansa Musa’s wealth outdoes that of all modern billionaires.

Mansa Musa ruled over the Mali empire in the 14th Century, and his incredible access to gold made him arguably the richest human to have ever lived. So, why is it that he has largely disappeared from the western historical imagination?

Video by Dominika Ozynska & Adrian Hartrick

source https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09dcbl0/the-richest-person-who-ever-lived

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