According to the historian, the richest man to have ever lived in the world was a Muslim named Mansa Musa. He had a total net worth of 400 billion dollars which is 4 times the net worth of bill gates.Musa was the tenth Mansa, Mansa in English translate to “sultan”, “conqueror”,or “emperor”.
He lived in Mali ( a country in West Africa) was the supplier of salt and gold. Mali’s production of nearly half of the world’s supply of salt and gold contributed to Musa’s vast wealth. He was born in 1280 and ruled Mali from 1312 to 1337. Till 1324 the rest of the world has no idea of Musa’s wealth. Musa caught the attention of European after his Hajj in 1324.In 1324 he took up to a thousand servants, 80 camels loaded with 300 pounds of gold for their trip to Hajj.
During his journey to Hajj, he stopped in Alexandria and Cairo where he attracted the world’s interest. He was generous so due to Zakat and his act of kindness he gave away most of his gold to the poor. His generosity was felt years later in Egypt, mecca, and medina as the local economy collapsed. He also helped to build mosques each Friday on his way to Hajj. On his return to his country, he brought Arab’s famous scholars and architects with him for the development of Gao and Timbuktu(cities in Mali).
Timbuktu became a famous scholarly, cultural, and flourishing trade city in these years. A city where people from Europe, Asia, and northern Africa came to learn, trade and live. Timbuktu became the center of the Islamic world in sub-Saharan The Arab Architect Mansa brought with him made the various state of the art buildings like Djinguereber Mosque. Masjid of Sidi Yahya and sankore are in the Palace of Madagou and uni of Gao. After Mansa’s death in 1337, his son became the ruler but his reign did not last long.
Musa, Sultan of Mali in Western Africa. Mansa Musa had prepared carefully for the long journey to Makkah he and his attendants would take. He was determined to travel not only for his own religious fulfillment but also for recruiting teachers and leaders so that his realms could learn more of the Prophet‘s teachings.
–Mahmud Kati, Chronicle of the Seeker