Who is the richest of all time?

Who is the richest man who has ever lived? Think about it a while. From the thousands of years of recorded human history, adjusting for purchasing power, which one individual has accumulated more wealth than any other? It’s not an easy question to answer. I initially had two, somewhat contrary thoughts. My gut reaction was that it would be today’s richest man because modern economies generate unimaginably more wealth than any preceding societies. The likes of Carlos Slim or Bill Gates would surely take the top spot, I thought. But modern moguls are subject to competition (they should be, at...

Who is the richest man who has ever lived? Think about it a while. From the thousands of years of recorded human history, adjusting for purchasing power, which one individual has accumulated more wealth than any other?

It’s not an easy question to answer. I initially had two, somewhat contrary thoughts.

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