Very few people in the world know that King Mansa Musa of Timbuktu was the wealthiest character ever lived in the world. According to our historical experts, it is believed that the net-worth of King Mansa Musa was five times greater than the current world’s richest man Jeff Bezos.
It is said that King Musa was so rich that no one in the world would count his earnings. Moses ruled the Sultanate of Mali at a time when there were gold reserves. It is said that under his rule, about 1000 kg of gold was produced in a year.
In fact, Mansa Musa’s real name was Moses Keita I, but after he became king, his name was Mansa. Mansa means king. According to the BBC, the sultanate of Moses was so large that its end was impossible to predict. Today’s Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad and Nigeria were then part of the Sultanate of Moses.
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Mansa Musa became the ruler of the Malian Empire in 1312 AD. During 25 years of his reign, he built many mosques, many of which still exist today. The Jingareber Mosque in Timbuktu is one of the mosques built during the time of Mansa Musa.
A story related to Mansa Musa is famous all over the world. Mansa Musa is said to have embarked on a visit to Mecca in 1324 AD. During this time his convoy consisted of about 60,000 people, of which 12,000 were only his personal followers. Apart from this, there was a squad of 500 people in front of the horse on which Mansa Moses was riding, and each one had a goldenrod in hand.
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It is said that there was also a batch of 80 camels in the Mansa Musa convoy and each camel carried 136 kg of gold. Mansa Musa is said to have been so generous that when he passed through the Egyptian capital, Cairo, he donated so much money to the poor that there was huge inflation in that area.
Europe had no mineral or gold reserves in the Mansa Musa era. It is said that when rumors that Mansa Musa distributed gold to the poor reached Europe, they began to reach the kingdom of Mali just to see how true the spread is about Mansa Musa’s wealth. Finally, seeing through her eyes, he is convinced that Mansa Musa has immense wealth.