Mansa Musa, from West Africa, is the richest man of all time


In the year 1280, Musa was born into the Mansa family. In the year 1312, his brother, Mansa Abu-Bakr, who was the ruler of the Mali empire, renounced his throne to embark on an expedition with thousands of men, women and slaves and about 2,000 ships.

Abu-Bakr was truly obsessed with the Atlantic ocean and what lay beyond it. He sailed with those thousands of people with a "never to return" idea.

Musa became the Mansa (emperor) of the kingdom Abu-Bakr left behind.
He became a very wealthy West African Islamic Mali Empire ruler.

"Emir of Melle", "Lord of the Mines of Wangara" and "Conqueror of Ghanata" are few of several titles held by Musa.

Mansa literally means an emperor or a conqueror or a sultan.
Mansa Musa was actually the 10th Mansa (emperor) of the Mali kingdom.

According to historians, twenty four cities and their neighboring villages were absolutely conquered and taken by Mansa Musa.

The kingdom of Mali grew rapidly under the rule of Musa after he conquered those 24 cities which includes Timbuku.
Most of these cities were endowed with gold and salt.

Mali was actually the most largest gold producer in the world during Musa's reign.

According to several historians, Musa's wealth is simply incalculable.


An associate professor of history at the university of California, Rudolph Butch made it clear to BBC that, it is almost impossible to be able to specifically figure out how wealthy and powerful Mansa Musa was.

In fact, he is richer than what anyone could possibly think of.


The kingdom of Mali from the Atlantic Ocean covered countries like the current Niger and some parts of the current Mali, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Senegal and Mauritania.

Mansa Musa passed away in the year, 1337 at the age of 57. And his entire empire was apparently inherited by his sons.

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