The Top 5 Richest People in History


It’s difficult to ascertain a truly accurate list of the richest human beings due to inflation and a host of other factors which devalue currency over time, but these five are certainly up there as the wealthiest humans who ever walked the planet. This list may surprise you…

#5. Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov – Net Worth $300 Billion – The last emperor of Russia was known as Nicholas the Bloody by his enemies due to the massive loss of life Russia experienced under his leadership. Nicholas abdicated, and was killed in 1918 by the Bolsheviks.

#4. Andrew Carnegie – Net Worth $310 Billion – The Scottish-American industrialist was born in 1935 to a very poor family. He started his career as a telegrapher and built up his wealth with investments in railroads and oil derricks. He is also known for building Carnegie Hall as well as a handful of universities.

#3. John D. Rockefeller – Net Worth $340 Billion – The richest American in history, Rockefeller was a businessman and philanthropist from 1839 to 1937. Rockefeller founded the Standard Oil Company and lay the foundations for pioneering developments in medical and scientific research.

#2. The Rothschild Family – Net Worth $350 Billion – The international banking family began their business in 1760, and wealthy descendants still exist today.

#1. Mansa Musa I – Net Worth $400 Billion – Born in 1280, Mansa Musa I was the tenth emperor of the Mali Empire. He made his fortune through the country’s salt and gold production, many mosques he built still stand today.