Emperor Mansa Musa I, an African King from the late 13th century, has been named the richest person who ever lived. CelebrityNetWorth.com listed Musa I on the ranks with Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Muammar Ghaddafi, below his name.

Mansa Musa I was the ruler of the Mali Empire, which included Timbuktu, Ghana and Mali. In today’s currency, the Emperor would have been worth $400 illion dollars. He was the 10th Mansa, or Ruler, of the Malian empire.

Mansa Musa I gained his wealth through Mali’s supply of salt and gold, which was the main source for most of the world during that time. He educated his countries during his rule, which helped them to maintain sufficiency beyond his years. Scholars were attracted to Mali, which was established as a global symbol of power and the birthplace of Sudano-Sahelian architecture.

Unfortunately, after two generations of the Malian empire through war and army invasions, the fortune was depleted. As part of his legacy, the mosque and university built during his reign is still in place in Timbuktu.

Emperor Mansa Musa I was said to have died in 1331, but some accounts have him alive as late as 1337.


14 thoughts on “Little Known Black History Fact: Emperor Mansa Musa I

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  2. smp0315 on said:

    Cindy Cruz, I always look at your comments on BAW, you always have so much negativity to say about anything black and beautiful, you must have no life at all because you are on BAW constantly stating your ignorance, normally I just look at your comments and ignore them but today your simple comment is ignorance on your part, who cares that he had slaves, who did not have slaves at this time in the world, such negative ignorant comments … I guess you want attention from all these other lovely black folks on this website…. If I were you I would just stay on the KKK site where you belong then you can state your ignorance with others who are like you.

  3. africanwarrior on said:

    Mansa Musa is just one of many great well know African Kings and Emperors.
    Us Africans know who they were , and their accomplishments . Many Black people don’t take the time off watching stupid TV shows like Maury, Jerry Springer, Steve Wilkos instead of learning about great African Accomplishments.
    Please study about the Ethiopian Emperors like Menelik who defeated Italians Army in Adoua ,Sudan in 1906 and captured over 16,000 European soldiers trying to conquer Ethiopia . How About the great Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selasie who in World War II defeated Italy and Germans invading Ethiopia . How about the great African Berber Kings from who conquered and ruled Spain, Portugal ,and Southern France for Over 600 yrs ? Yes 600 Years !!! and build great castles in Spain like The Famous “Al Ahambra” Castle an Engineering marvel even at todays standards, Yes Spaniards , Portuguese , and many French are Half Blacks just like Obama. In my Native Nigeria we had many great kings as well . Learn About African Culture , Your ancestral culture . Maury , and BET alone won’t do it.

  4. PinkPoodle on said:

    I hope the picture above of Mansa Musa I is just a rendition of what scholars think he looks like. If that’s a true image of Mansa Musa, he was one angry Black man; I can see why he was so rich, people would just fork over their monies, gold and silver to him. If I met him on the streets, I’d give him the Pin Number for my Debit Card.

    • ””pink poodle”’ HaHaHa but no . . . Honestly masa musa was a great historian empioorer who gave free to the poor and helped the needy just cuz u see a black person dont mean that they have any other right then a white person … u need to get one thing its called care about other people instead of just urself dont be racess ok? he was a amazing leader and he was not taking money from people he acctully found gold and salt and he gainded power thru his nephew sundita TY FOR UR NEGGATIVE COMMENT BUT…………….AINT NO BODY GOT TIME FOR THAT SWWET PIE ;D -.- LEARN MATTERS SO I DONT GOTTA GO PUCH YAH IN DA FACE I BET U GIVE ME UR WALLET NOW EH!??????? ;D

  5. Just want to be free of pain on said:

    DAMMMMMMMM,,,,,,this is what I have been saying to everyone on B.A.W this is our people and we as black people taken away to be slaves not only did white trash take us from our home land but you took our very being as black people….and introduced us to white culture that killed our history of what made blacks great in our native land…lations call go back to mexico..french can go bad to france,,,,where can we go…..whites have more control of africa then blacks do,,, due to the vast land and gold,,,,,WHERE CAN WE GO………

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