Mansa Musa of Mali is the richest man ever, not Jeff Bezos

Mansa Musa of Mali is the richest man ever, not Jeff Bezos

- Emperor Mansa Musa, the 14th-century emperor of Mali is regarded as the wealthiest man of all time

- Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world, but the Malian emperor is the richest man ever

- Mansa Musa, who ruled from 1312 to 1337, was worth $400 billion having made his fortune from gold and salt

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Businessman and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world. He is the wealthiest man in modern history with a net worth of $149.4 billion, but not the wealthiest man of all time.

According to BBC, Mansa Musa, the 14th-century emperor of Mali, is believed to be the richest man ever with a net worth of $400 billion.

YEN.com.gh notes that the emperor, who made his fortune from gold and salt, ruled from 1312 to 1337.

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Rudolph Butch Ware, associate professor of history at the University of California, said it is almost impossible to describe how wealthy and powerful the ruler truly was.

Mansa Musa, who was born in 1280 into a family of rulers, inherited the throne when his brother Mansa Abu-Bakr abdicated to go on an expedition.

The emperor was able to grow his kingdom under his rule, annexing 24 cities, including Timbuktu.

However, after his death in 1337 at the age of 57, the empire which was taken over by his sons could not be held together, leading to its fall.

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In other news, an old childhood photo of Ghana's vice president, His Excellency Mahamudu Bawumia, has surfaced online showing how he acted as a lawyer back at the Sakasaka Primary School in Tamale.

In the hilarious photo sighted by YEN.com.gh, Bawumia was very innocent-looking as he sat down together with some other children and adults on what is reported to be a speech and prize-giving day.

Reports indicated that the old photo was brought out by Konlanbik Jacob Duuti, a 75-year old former primary school tutor of the vice president in the 1970s at the Sakasaka Primary School in Tamale.

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