The Richest People Of All Time In Human History

Apr 15, 2019 Kayode Oseh

The quest for wealth has been as old as humanity itself as mankind’s search for wealth spans through generations of millions of years. The largest chunk of time in every human existence has been spent in search of wealth, power and the good things it brings. While some have found riches, others are merely aching through life. While many had been able to amass wealth in great quantity such as the world has never seen before and probably will ever see again.

These richest people of all time makes the current days richest people look like apprentices.

Who are these all time richest people and how much wealth did they acquired? This list includes every generation of people and races ever know in history till date. Find out who is the richest person ever lived as you read through this list. This is the most accurate list you can find anywhere on the internet.

Note: There are some wealthy Figures omitted in this list, either because their wealth could not be estimated due to some reasons or they simply did not fit in. The likes of the Rothschild family said to worth hundreds of billions or more could not be included because this list is about individuals, not family.


Alan Rufus Net Worth = $178.65 billion
[Approximately] (c. 1040 – 1093)



Alan Rufus is a close companion of William the Conqueror. Like William the Conqueror, Alan Rufus died a very rich man. In adjusting his fortune to modern equivalents by accounting for inflation, he was worth approximately $178.65 billion. Coming in part from the 250,000 acres (“the Land of Count Alan”) conceded to him in Yorkshire in 1071 by the King for his cooperation in the invasion. This figure puts him as one of the richest people in human history.

Alan Rufus was a major employer of skilled labour to build abbeys, castles and manor-houses across Norman England. Some of which remain in evidence today. As an example, the original manor house of Costessey Hall in Norfolk still stands on the north side of the river Tud in Costessey Park. Beneath Richmond Castle, Alan founded the beautiful town of Richmond, North Yorkshire.


Cornelius Vanderbilt Net Worth = $185 Billion
(May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877)


Cornelius Vanderbilt also known by the sobriquet Commodore, was an American industrialist who built his wealth in shipping and railroads. He was also the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family and one of the richest people in Americans in history. He provided the initial gift to found Vanderbilt University, which is named in his honor.

Vanderbilt was born in Staten Island, New York and began working on his father’s ferry in New York Harbor as a boy, quitting school at the age of 11. At the age of 16, Vanderbilt decided to start his own ferry service. According to one version of events, he borrowed $100 from his mother to purchase a periauger (a shallow draft, two masted sailing vessel).

However, according to the version of the first published account of his life, published in the magazine Scientific American in 1853, the periauger belonged to his father and he received half the profit. He began his business by ferrying freight and passengers between Staten Island and Manhattan.


Henry Ford Net Worth = $199 Billion
(July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947)



Henry Ford was the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Ford did not invent the automobile, but he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle class Americans could afford to buy. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry.

As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest people in the world. He is credited with “Fordism“: mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers.
Ford’s philosophy was one of economic independence for the United States.

His River Rouge Plant became the world’s largest industrial complex, pursuing vertical integration to such an extent that it could produce its own steel. Ford’s goal was to produce a vehicle from scratch without reliance on foreign trade. He believed in the global expansion of his company. He believed that international trade and cooperation led to international peace. And he used the assembly line process and production of the Model T to demonstrate it.


Jakob Fugger of the Lily Net Worth = $221 Billion
[Approximately] (6 Mar 1459 – 30 Dec 1525)