IEPlus: Richest people in history revealed

As Europe’s financial system looks for the stability required to encourage economic growth, spare a thought for the fact that relatively few of the world’s richest people through history worked in the sector.

According to a list compiled by US website celebritynetworth.com, adjusted for inflation the richest people who ever lived as measured in 2012 dollars were:

Personal wealth Activity When
Mansa Musa I – Net Worth $400 Billion King & Emperor of Mali, gold 13thC – early 14th Century
The Rothschild Family – $350 Billion Banking & property present
John D. Rockefeller – Net Worth $340 Billion Oil 19thC – early 20th Century
Andrew Carnegie – Net Worth $310 Billion Steel 19th Century
Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov – Net Worth $300 Billion Tsar of Russia, land 19thC – early 20th Century
Mir Osman Ali Khan – Net Worth $230 billion Ruler of Hyderabad, mining, diamonds End 19thC – 20th Century
William The Conqueror – Net Worth $229.5 Billion King of England 11th Century
Muammar Gaddafi – Net Worth $200 Billion Ruler of Libya, oil 20thC-early 21st Century
Henry Ford – Net Worth $199 Billion Automobiles 19thC – early 20th Century
Cornelius Vanderbilt – Net Worth $185 Billion Railways 19th Century
Alan Rufus – $178.65 billion Land 11th Century
Bill Gates – Net Worth $136 Billion Technology present
William de Warenne – Net Worth $147.13 Billion Land 11th Century
John Jacob Astor – Net Worth $121 Billion Trade, land 18thC – early 19th Century
Richard Fitzalan 10th Earl of Arundel – Net Worth $118.6 Billion Land 14th Century
John of Gaunt – Net Worth $110 Billion Land 14th Century
Stephen Girard – Net Worth $105 Billion Shipping, banking 18thC – early 19th Century
A.T. Stewart – Net Wort $90 Billion Retail 19th Century
Henry Duke of Lancaster – Net Worth $85.1 Billion Land 14th Century
Friedrich Weyerhauser – Net Worth $80 Billion Forestry 19thC – early 20th Century
Jay Gould – Net Worth $71 Billion Railways 19th Century
Carlos Slim Helu – Net Worth $68 Billion Telecoms present
Stephen Van Rensselaer – Net Worth $68 Billion Land 18th Century
Marshall Field – Net Worth $66 Billion Retail, property 19th Century
Sam Walton – Net Worth $65 Billion Retail 20th Century
Warren Buffett – Net Worth $64 Billion Investments present
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