Richest People In History

This seems like unbeatable, but history has had wealthier people during the times when it was hard to measure the amount of wealth a person had.

Just having gold bricks and calculating their dollar value does not provide an accurate reading of wealth in ancient times, when currency didn’t exist.

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Who Is the Richest Person Ever?

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Marcus Licinius Crassus was a value investor in ancient Rome, the richest man in Roman history with a net worth of 170 million sesterces (ancient Roman coins worth a quarter). His thirst for acquiring wealth was a legend in ancient times.

More recently, John D Rockefeller had around USD 300 to 400 billion, and J.P. Morgan had enough wealth to stabilize the economy by providing a loan to the government in 1893.

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Emporer Musa of Malian Empire showered gold on his people and build new mosques every week. His wealth caused ripples in the entire region, hyperinflating the economy.

Likewise, there have been many billionaires that have caused bankruptcies and windfalls of entire countries, much before our times.

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Hangzhou in 12th century CE China
  • During the late Song Dynasty, with the innovation of printing and manufacturing, the Song came closer to initiating an industrial revolution than any other premodern state.
  • The Song empire became the richest on Earth through trade and industry. The capital, Hangzhou, was the wealthiest and most populous city in the world.
  • Song-era China became the first country to print paper money. It was easier to carry in large amounts than metal coins. Hangzhou served as the center of money-printing.

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Centers of Progress: Hangzhou (Paper Money)

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The next Oprah

While everyone would want to be the next Oprah, the place is already taken.

The right approach is being yourself, or a better, refined version of yourself, to the 'smallest viable audience', and then see the organic growth.

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You're not Going to be the next Steve Jobs, Oprah, or Beyonce

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