Forbes publishes the list of the richest people in the world each year. As of 2017, Bill Gates occupies the first position for the fourth consecutive year, followed by Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Warren Buffett, the business tycoon, investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
However, there are some people, supposedly equal to or richer than these 3 characters and that never appear on any list of billionaires. In Great.guru we invite you to analyze the legends and speculations about their wealth and their way to it. Read this list until the end to get to know the leaders, families, philanthropists, and, finally, the richest man in all of history.
1. Vladimir Putin
He may not possess 58 aircraft and 20 palaces, as inform some sources, but occupies the first position in the list of Forbes of the world’s most powerful people. His rise to the top was not easy: born in a working-class family, he spent years working for the intelligence and Russian security (KGB), and in local politics before becoming the leader of this country.
According to International Business Times, the net wealth of this Russian leader has been widely speculated. Some even named the richest man in the world with a net worth of 200 billion USD due to investments and actions in many companies.
2. Kim Jong-un
Another leader quite powerful whose wealth is not quantified and is the subject of speculation for many it is the supreme leader of North Korea. The western world know almost nothing about the early years of the life of this leader, not even his exact date or place of birth or place of education. He took power from his father, Kim Jong-il, after his death in 2011.
Kim Jong-un likes the luxurious life, spending money on liquor, cigarettes, design, resorts, yachts, automobiles, pianos, palaces, and even has a private cinema.
3. Muammar Gaddafi
Muammar el-Qaddafi was born to parents bedouin nomads and did not receive a complete education, in addition to learning how to read the Koran and his military training. After taking power in a military coup when he overthrew the king Idris, he developed a political theory, in his famous text: “The green book”.
Several sources reported that the hidden riches of the libyan dictator what would become one of the richest men in history. According to Forbes, although Gaddafi has had a luxury lifestyle, there is no direct proof of such amount of wealth.
4. The Rothschilds
The motto of this family is “Harmony, Integrity, Industry”. Have industries in financial services, real estate, mining, wine production and energy all over the world. They were pioneers in providing capital for infrastructure projects.
Due to their low profile and private commercial activities, this family captures the imagination of historians and financial theorists conspiratorios alike.
5. The house of Saud, or Saud family
The family of Al Saud has ruled Saudi Arabia since the EIGHTEENTH century with total control over the reserves of oil of Saudi Arabia. While the fall of the House of Saud is predicted almost every year by different sources, the family continues to appear in different lists of the richest families in the world.
6. John D. Rockefeller
With a net value of 336 billion USD (adjusted for inflation), the business magnate who died in 1937, is without a doubt one of the richest men in all of history. Controlled approximately 90 percent of the oil business u.s., and donated more than 500 million dollars to various educational causes, religious, and scientific. It also funded the creation of the University of Chicago and the Rockefeller University.
7. Andrew Carnegie
Andrew Carnegie was born in a poor family in Scotland, but made his fortune in the steel industry in the united States. What made it stand out is that he gave away approximately 90 percent of his fortune to various charitable causes, by proclaiming that: “The man who dies rich dies disgraced”.
8. Cornelius Vanderbilt
Another person who went from poverty to wealth is Cornelius Vanderbilt. Born in a poor family, the son of a farmer and boatman, left school at the age of 11 and began work on the promenade. Won money in steam vessels before venturing into your main source of income: railways.
Although not involved much in philanthropy, and left him the greater part of his fortune to one of his 13 children, yes donated one million USD to the Central University in Nashville, Tennessee.
9. Augustus, first emperor of Rome
The first roman emperor, the adopted son of Julius Caesar, had a fortune equal to 20 percent of the economy of the whole empire, that is to say, 4.630 billion USD today. In his time, Augustus was even the owner of all Egypt, although that didn’t last long.
10. Mansa Musa, or Musa I of Mali
The richest person in history, was the ruler of the Empire of Mali, which covered the present-day Ghana, Timbuktu and Mali in West Africa. Their wealth came from the production of salt and gold in a moment in which this metal had a demand extremely high. During his reign, they built giant mosques that are still standing.
According to Rudolph Ware, a professor of history, there are photos of Mansa Musa holding a golden sceptre in his throne of gold, plus a gold cup and on his head a crown made of pure gold. It was so rich that people fought to discover the actual figure that was his wealth.
Does anyone of this list was a surprise to you? How you’d spend your money if you were as rich as Mansa Musa? Share your opinion in the comments.
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