An African called Mansa Musa Remains the strangest man that ever lived. He was the tenth emperor of Mali whose prosperity was described as too vast to be imagined–or equalled.Modern-day Financial analysts have attempted to measure his riches, and they report his estimated worth sits around $400 billion. Considering that the present net worth of the planet’s richest person, Jeff Bezos is $189.2 billion, it is safe to say it will have quite a very long time for Musa’s record to be defeated.Born In 1280, the 14th-Century African Emperor of the Malian empire acquired a large portion of his wealth from the trade of gold and salt; he controlled over half of the planet’s supply at the moment.
Musa became Emperor in 1312, taking over from his predecessor, Abu-Bakr II, whom he served as deputy. Based on history, Abu-Bakr II went missing on a ship he took by sea to discover the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.Musa’s Rule came at a time when the economies of European countries were fighting because of civil wars and a lack of resources. During this period, the Mali Empire thrived thanks to abundant natural resources such as gold and salt.Under the rule of Musa, the Booming empire grew to span a sizable part of West Africa, from the Atlantic coast to the central trading hub of Timbuktu and parts of the Sahara Desert.The World got a glimpse of Musa’s riches in 1324 when he set off on a trip to Mecca for his Hajj pilgrimage.The voyage, which would span an estimated 4,000 Miles, was hauled by Musa and a caravan that included tens of thousands of soldiers, slaves and heralds, draped in Persian silk and carrying gold staffs.
Although Records of the specific number of individuals who participated in the voyage are rare, the elaborate convoy that accompanied Mansa Musa marched alongside camels and horses carrying hundreds of pounds of gold.Of Course, this spectacle awed residents of those lands that Musa passed. The effects of the Malian Emperor on the Egyptian people was felt for over a decade.On His voyage, he acquired the land of Gao within the Songhai kingdom, extending his land to the southern border of the Sahara Desert across the Niger River. He would go on to get an empire which spanned several boundaries, such as current-day Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, and Mauritania, along with Mali.The News of Musa’s wealth and influence spread beyond Africa after his voyage to Mecca; he always had notable visitors from Europe and Asia.By The late 14th century, Musa was drawn in the 1375 Catalan Atlas, an important source for navigators of Medieval Europe. Produced by Spanish cartographer Abraham Cresques, the atlas depicted Musa sitting on a throne with a golden sceptre and crown, holding a golden nugget.