Mansa Musa I was the king of kings and lived from 1280 to 1337. He was a glorious Emperor of the Malian Empire and brought a golden age to his realm which covers today's African areas of Ghana, Timbuktu and Mali. He brought about sound logistics and trade with salt and gold. Over 400 cities were within his realm and he went upon a great pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324 with a grand entourage of 60,000 people. He returned in 1325 with many architects and scholars who he put to the task of building monumental mosques and other grand enterprises.
His staggering wealth makes him the richest man in recorded history as economists assert that in today's terms Mansa Musa I (King of kings) Emperor of the Malian Empire would be worth in excess of $400 billion. He is regarded as a man of great vision and a firm believer in the Islamic world. His generosity is also renowned. some of the fabulous African mosques built by Mansa Musa I still stand today. He was the richest man that ever lived in real terms. None, as of yet, have surpassed this man's wealth.