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Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world, but his net worth is nothing compared to history’s wealthiest individuals. Historical figures like Augustus Caesar, Alexander the Great, and Genghis Khan controlled massive empires worth trillions of dollars in today’s currency. Businessmen like Jakob Fugger and John D. Rockefeller amassed huge fortunes by building near-monopolies. Fugger had a stranglehold on the mining and textile industry in the Holy Roman Empire, and Rockefeller controlled the vast majority of oil production in the United States during the late 1800s. Emperor Shenzong of Song ruled China during a time of incredible prosperity. China became a superpower during the Song Dynasty, and Emperor Shenzong amassed a fortune worth the equivalent of $30 trillion today. During the Song Dynasty, China created numerous technological breakthroughs and vastly expanded trade. Genghis Khan conquered most of Eurasia during his lifetime. His Mogol Empire spanned 12 million square miles, which means Genghis Khan had a fortune worth the equivalent of $100 trillion today. During his prosperous reign from 1206 to 1227, Genghis Khan amassed unprecedented wealth and power. He pillaged villages and took the spoils. Despite obtaining a massive personal fortune, Genghis Khan lived a nomadic life until his death and lived fairly modestly. The centibillionaires of the modern age are nowhere as rich as some of history’s wealthiest individuals. Jeff Bezos became the first person to officially be worth more than $200 billion, while Bill Gates was the first person to obtain a net worth above $100 billion.
Here’s a timeline of the richest people in history. Keep watching to learn of these incredibly rich historical figures.
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Written by: *Rob Cramer*”