It’s always a great fascination to know about people who have created fortunes of wealth and become rich throughout the history of our mankind especially if they’re the 10 richest people that ever lived. In the modern context, there are many billionaires such as Bill Gates, who have made it to the top of the list of the richest people. But definitely, when we look up the history, there have been people who have amassed more wealth than the modern contemporaries that exist today. The ancient rulers acquired wealth through inheritance, invasion or building their own empires.Alexander the Great, King Solomon, Genghis Khan along with other Roman emperors and Pharaohs had made huge fortunes in the past and it’s indeed hard to associate them with a dollar figure.
10. Alan Rufus (Net worth-$ 155 billion)
Alan Rufus was a military companion of William the Conqueror and also his relative who served him at the time of Norman conquest of England. He owned some properties in Rouen, the capital of Normandy and became the 1st Lord of Richmond. In 1066, he also acquired many properties along Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, and Norfolk in England and also many of the land titles that belonged to King Harold’s wife, Edith the Fair. He received land as a reward in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and after the fall of Ralph de Gael in 1075, he obtained a considerable amount of land along East Anglia. Later, he went on to become the Earl of Richmond and constructed the Richmond Castle. Due to his huge land holdings over the years, he made a huge fortune and by 1086, he was known to one of the wealthiest and powerful man in England.
9. Henry Ford (Net Worth-$188 billion)
Henry Ford was born on 30th July 1863 and was the founder of the Ford Motor company. His passion for automobiles encouraged him to come up with the idea of developing the first vehicle, which was affordable to the American middle-class families. Although he was not the inventor of the vehicle, but he was involved in the process of its manufacture and development. He designed the Model T by installing a mechanized assembly line to make production faster and economical, which created a new revolution in the American automobile industry. This model became so popular that the demand was greater than the production and from 1908 to 1927, almost 15 million cars were being built. Ford was an ordinary man who cared for social welfare and believed in sharing his wealth with others. It is because of the popularity of Model T that he went on to become rich and famous in the history.
8. Mir Osman Ali Khan (Net Worth-$230 billion)
Osman Ali Khan Bahadur was the last ruler of the State of Hyderabad in India and Berar. During his times, he was known to be one of the richest man in the world with a fortune of $2 billion in 1940’s, which is worth much more today. He became the Nizam of Hyderabad after the death of his father and ruled for almost 37 years from 1911 to 1948. He also built the Hyderabad House which is located in Delhi-capital of India which is used for holding diplomatic meetings by the Government. In the 19th century, Hyderabad was the biggest exporter of diamonds for the other global countries across the world and Osman Ali Khan became rich through mining royalties earned through family inheritance. It is believed that his gold collection was equivalent to over $100 million and the jewels were estimated to be around $ $400 million. He also gifted diamond jewels which included a tiara and a necklace to Princess Elizabeth at the time of her wedding and popularly known as the “Nizam of Hyderabad” necklace.