Although Gates’ wealth is the highest today, how would he stack up against the history’s richest people? Below are history’s top 30 richest people at their peak wealth, adjusted for inflation and appreciation of their assets. You will also see the “Honorable Mention” list that shows rulers, monarchs, and emperors of countries that drew their wealth from the country they ruled.
Here are some interesting highlights for the richest people of all time, including the Honorable Mentions:
The Top 30 are worth about $5 trillion dollars! This amount is more than the size of Japan’s economy.
14 out of the 30 are Americans
None are women (for now at least!)
Only 3 are currently living but do not crack the Top 10: Bill Gates, Carlos Slim Helu, and Warren Buffett