The list of the richest people compiled by the American Time magazine includes such legendary rulers of antiquity as the founders of the greatest empires Octavian Augustus and Genghis Khan, as well as prominent businessmen John Rockefeller and Bill Gates.
The richest man was recognized by the publication as the ruler of the medieval state Mali, Mansa Musa. According to Richard Smith, professor of history at the American College Ferrum, during the reign of Musa, the state was the largest producer of gold, so its wealth cannot be accurately calculated.
In second place on the list is the founder of the Roman Empire, Octavian Augustus. According to economists, the emperor's fortune was equivalent to approximately 4.6 trillion US dollars in terms of the 2014 exchange rate.
Closing the top three richest leaders is the Chinese emperor Shen-Tsung, who ruled one of the most economically powerful states in the 11th century, which produced up to 30% of world GDP.
Fourth place is given to Akbar I the Great, padishah of the Mughal Empire, which accounted for about a quarter of world production. Under his rule, per capita GDP was comparable to that of England under Elizabeth I, and the local elite were richer than European aristocrats.
On the fifth line was Joseph Stalin, "who controlled one of the largest economies in the world." Time notes that even though the wealth of the USSR did not belong to him personally, Stalin had the ability to control Soviet economic power.
In sixth position - "the richest American of all time", the owner of US Steel, Andrew Kargeny, who had a fortune of $ 372 billion in 2014 equivalent.
Seventh place was taken by the founder of the American company Standard Oil John Rockefeller, whose fortune in 1918 was estimated at 1.5 billion dollars, or in terms of the rate of last year - 341 billion dollars.
On the line below, Time magazine placed the Breton knight Alain the Red. At the time of his death in 1093, his fortune was 11 thousand pounds - about 7% of the GDP of England at that time (in terms of the 2014 exchange rate - 194 billion dollars).
On the ninth line is "the wealthiest man alive today" Bill Gates. Forbes estimates the Microsoft founder's net worth at $ 78.9 billion.
Closing the top 10 of the richest rulers in history, is one of the most successful military leaders of all time, the founder of the Mongol Empire, Genghis Khan.