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 wealthActivityWhen
Mansa Musa I – Net Worth $400 BillionKing & Emperor of Mali, gold13thC – early 14th Century
The Rothschild Family – $350 BillionBanking & propertypresent
John D. Rockefeller – Net Worth $340 BillionOil19thC – early 20th Century
Andrew Carnegie – Net Worth $310 BillionSteel19th Century
Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov – Net Worth $300 BillionTsar of Russia, land19thC – early 20th Century
Mir Osman Ali Khan – Net Worth $230 billionRuler of Hyderabad, mining, diamondsEnd 19thC – 20th Century
William The Conqueror – Net Worth $229.5 BillionKing of England11th Century
Muammar Gaddafi – Net Worth $200 BillionRuler of Libya, oil20thC-early 21st Century
Henry Ford – Net Worth $199 BillionAutomobiles19thC – early 20th Century
Cornelius Vanderbilt – Net Worth $185 BillionRailways19th Century
Alan Rufus – $178.65 billionLand11th Century
Bill Gates – Net Worth $136 BillionTechnologypresent
William de Warenne – Net Worth $147.13 BillionLand11th Century
John Jacob Astor – Net Worth $121 BillionTrade, land18thC – early 19th Century
Richard Fitzalan 10th Earl of Arundel – Net Worth $118.6 BillionLand14th Century
John of Gaunt – Net Worth $110 BillionLand14th Century
Stephen Girard – Net Worth $105 BillionShipping, banking18thC – early 19th Century
A.T. Stewart – Net Wort $90 BillionRetail19th Century
Henry Duke of Lancaster – Net Worth $85.1 BillionLand14th Century
Friedrich Weyerhauser – Net Worth $80 BillionForestry19thC – early 20th Century
Jay Gould – Net Worth $71 BillionRailways19th Century
Carlos Slim Helu – Net Worth $68 BillionTelecomspresent
Stephen Van Rensselaer – Net Worth $68 BillionLand18th Century
Marshall Field – Net Worth $66 BillionRetail, property19th Century
Sam Walton – Net Worth $65 BillionRetail20th Century
Warren Buffett – Net Worth $64 BillionInvestmentspresent
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