Mansa Musa I was the richest man in history, whose wealth in the fourteen century would equal about $400 billion at present when adjusted for inflation. In 1312, he became King of Mali in West Africa after succeeding Abubakari Keita II.
There isn’t much information about his life before he became a king (also known Emperor of Mali). He was born c. 1280, and the name of his father was Faga Laye, a man who didn’t become a king. Mansa Musa, I was the 10th ruler of the Empire of Mali.
Mansa Musa I, started to rule the Empire after he was appointed deputy when King Abubakari Keita went on pilgrimage. Mansa Musa assumed the top leadership role and became King by default when the king didn’t come back.
Mansa Musa I, acquired his fortune through Mali’s supply of gold and salt that was the primary source for many individuals around the world at that time. During his rule, he boosted education in his countries that aided them to uphold sufficiency beyond his tenure. Many scholars happen drawn to Mali, which recognized as the global symbol of power and the birthplace of Sudano-Sahelian architecture.
Unluckily, after two generations of the Malian empire through army invasions and wars, the wealth was exhausted. As part of his legacy, the university and mosque constructed during his rule are still in place in Timbuktu.
Emperor Mansa Musa I was reported to have passed away in 1331, but some accounts claim he was alive as late as 1337.
Mansa Musa I, was Mali’s Emperor during the 14th century. Ranked the wealthiest person of all time he’s famous for his pilgrimage to Mecca that showcased his fortune to the various cities he visited. Below are some fascinating facts about Emperor Mansa Musa whose empire covered Timbuktu, modern-day Ghana and Mali in West Africa.
1. The Empire of Mali covered a 2000 mile stretch from Lake Chad to the Atlantic Ocean. It included present-day Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea, Senegal, and Gambia.
2. The Mansa Musa’s wealth if adjusted for inflation would be seven times that of the wealth of Bill Gates today.
3. When Mansa Musa passed away somewhere between 1331 and 1337, his wealth started to dwindle away. Between civil wars and invasions and mismanagement by his heirs, the wealth was depleted.
4. On a pilgrimage of Mansa Musa, he took sixty thousand men. Twelve thousand of these people were slaves whom he had dressed in silk from Persia. He made massive donations to various charities and the needy and to the rulers of the regions and cities he visited.
5. In 1324, Mansa Musa I took a pilgrimage to Mecca in his seventeenth year as the Emperor that became legendary because of the extreme fortune he demonstrated on his journey. He was the first Muslim leader to build a 4,000-mile pilgrimage from Mecca to West Africa.
6. On the pilgrimage of Mansa Musa I, had eighty camels, each carrying three hundred pounds of gold. Also, slaves took gold, and he was very generous everywhere he visited, leaving numerous gifts along the way.
7. Mansa Musa promoted education and had the University of Sankore constructed in Timbuktu. It attracted many scholars from various parts of the world.
8. The Mansa Musa I’s generosity of gift-giving on his traditional pilgrimage hurt the economy of the cities he visited since it altered the gold’s value. The weakening in the amount of gold due to its overabundance led to super inflation.
9. Mansa Musa I’s spending didn’t end when he came back home. He had several buildings such as his grand palace, mosques, and educational centers constructed.