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- Oct 9, 2004
Meet the richest person who ever lived: Mansa MusaBBC Radio 4
What do you know about Mansa Musa, the 14th Century emperor of the Mali Empire? Probably not that much, thanks to the Eurocentric approach of school history lessons.
In the You’re Dead to Me podcast, Greg Jenner talks to Dr Gus Casely-Hayford and comedian Athena Kugblenu about Mali’s Mr Money, Mansa Musa. And in his new podcast - Homeschool History - Greg Jenner presents a fun history lesson on Mansa Musa.
Mansa Musa was emperor of the West African Mali Empire - and the richest person who ever lived
1. Mansa means “Emperor” or “Sultan”Mansa Musa was emperor of the West African Mali Empire. Covering roughly 500,000 square miles of land, it was the biggest empire West Africa has ever known.
2. Mansa Musa is still the richest man who has ever livedHistorians estimate that Mansa Musa, in modern currency, was worth around $400bn. That is more than twice as wealthy as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos – the richest person alive today. Most of Mansa Musa’s wealth came from gold and salt.
Most of Mansa Musa's wealth came from gold and salt