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Sat Mar 9, 2019, 09:56 PM

Mansa Musa: The richest man who ever lived

Mansa Musa: The richest man who ever lived

By Naima Mohamud

BBC Africa

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47379458?ocid=socialflow_twitter

"SNIP.....

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the richest man in the world, according to the 2019 Forbes billionaires' list released this week. With an estimated fortunate of $131bn (99bn) he is the wealthiest man in modern history.

But he is by no means the richest man of all time.

That title belongs to Mansa Musa, the 14th Century West African ruler who was so rich his generous handouts wrecked an entire country's economy.

"Contemporary accounts of Musa's wealth are so breathless that it's almost impossible to get a sense of just how wealthy and powerful he truly was," Rudolph Butch Ware, associate professor of history at the University of California, told the BBC.

Mansa Musa was "richer than anyone could describe", Jacob Davidson wrote about the African king for Money.com in 2015.


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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2019, 11:13 PM

1. In history, wealth is relative. It's also extremely subjective.

I'm sure he had a lot of stuff.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2019, 11:18 PM

2. "generous handouts" - not a Trump forefather.

"generous handouts" - not a Trump forefather.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Mar 9, 2019, 11:51 PM

3. I thought the honor belonged to Jacob Fugger

worth one half a trillion dollars in today's money.
He was an interesting character as well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jakob_Fugger

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Response to MFM008 (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 01:02 AM

4. You're trying to tell me this guy was a rich mother?

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Response to MFM008 (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 01:32 PM

8. Not when economic historians, as per

the article and what I've read all my life, agree that his wealth is impossible to pin down to a number" and Musa's estimated worth today is $400 billion, and your link compares Fugger to John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie whose wealth are below Musa's, then no. The honor does not belong to Fugger.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 02:24 AM

5. Is that the same guy that sends me e-mails from Nigeria? He seems nice.

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Response to dameatball (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 01:25 PM

6. Holy Fuck, what an incredibly ignorant response.

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If you bothered to read the article, instead of a nasty remark about 2 whole groups of people, of which I'm one of them, you'd find Musa was from Mali and not Nigeria.

"Nice" of you to remain willfully ignorant by demeaning an educational post. Good grief, just when I start thinking liberals are different from their conservative brothers, someone comes and proves me wrong.

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 02:41 PM

10. It was indeed an interesting article and my comment was in jest. My apologies that it was not

apparent.

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Response to dameatball (Reply #10)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 03:10 PM

11. It was apparent to me that your comment was a joke, one better suited

for CPAC.

Still, I do appreciate your apology to justify it as just a joke, as if that magically erases it's insulting nature. Know your audience.

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #11)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 04:17 PM

12. Okay, thank you for replying. I have nothing else to add.

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Response to dameatball (Reply #12)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 04:26 PM

13. Cool.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 01:26 PM

7. Good stuff!

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 02:04 PM

9. Thanks for the article! The only exception I have though

is the depiction of Musa's caravan of all white men. He was a black African as black as Malians are today. I think this is the earliest representation of Musa, 1280-1337, by Jewish-Moroccan cartographer Abraham Cresques, 1325-87. The article's image is from 1670 by an unknown artist.

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #9)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 07:35 PM

14. I did not notice that he/they were not black. Good catch.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #14)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 08:38 PM

15. Thanks, applegrove. I really appreciate that!

Many times I have to stop myself from picking every nit when it comes to representation. But I felt that this is a good and necessary OP on DU.

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #15)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 08:51 PM

16. We gotta get the facts right. Especially on the important stuff.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #16)

Sun Mar 10, 2019, 08:58 PM

17. Yeah, we can only hope that facts and knowledge

will lead to wisdom

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Mon Mar 11, 2019, 03:30 PM

18. Epic kick!

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