LAHORE (Ali Zain) – Today’s economic structure allows wealthy people to circulate their investments into the free market and increase it every single moment but it is a matter of amazement that none of the current rich people could carve a history to become the richest ever man on earth.

Musa Keita is believed to be the richest man to happen on earth ever since it began. He owned assets of worth $400 billion which mainly consisted of gold mines and other natural reserves. Musa held many titles, including Emir of Melle, Lord of the Mines of Wangara, Conqueror of Ghanata, and at least a dozen others.


Musa, who was the tenth king of Mali Empire, used Mansa as his designation which is translated as “King of Kings” or “Emperor”. He was born in 1280 and died of unknown reasons in 1337. At the time of his rise to the throne, the Malian Empire consisted of territory formerly belonging to the Ghana Empire in present-day southern Mauritania and in Melle (Mali) and the immediate surrounding areas.

Musa was a true Muslim and his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324 has been recorded by Arab historians to include 60,000 men and12,000 slaves who each carried four pounds of pure gold. The emperor provided all necessities for the procession, feeding the entire company of men and animals.

Arab historian Al-Umari quoted Musa as “The tenth Mansa did not believe that it was impossible to reach the extremity of the ocean that encircles the earth (the Atlantic Ocean). He wanted to reach that (end) and was determined to pursue his plan. So he equipped two hundred boats full of men, and many others full of gold, water and provisions sufficient for several years. He ordered them to travel till they find the other end but after several years the captain returned to inform the King that all others had died during the travel”.

Sankore Mosque - TIMBUKTU Photos (9)
Sankore Mosque, built by Musa Mansa

Musa also constructed many mosques and universities in his territory; most famously the ancient center of learning University of Sankore was constructed during his reign. Today the palace of the greatest king has vanished but the university and its mosque still stand in Timbuktu city.