1. Genghis Khan
Emperor of the Mongol Empire
Net Worth: $100 trillion
Genghis Khan, also officially Genghis Emperor, was the founder and first Great Khan and Emperor of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death. He came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of Northeast Asia. After founding the Empire and being proclaimed Genghis Khan, he launched the Mongol invasions that conquered most of Eurasia. Mongols conquered vast stretches of lands (25 square million miles) and controlled the silk road, bringing Genghis Khan so much wealth.
2. Emperor Shenzong of Song
Emperor of the Song dynasty in China
Net Worth: $30 trillion
Emperor Shenzong of Song, personal name Zhao Xu, was the sixth emperor of the Song dynasty in China. Shenzong reigned from 1067 to 1085 during the ‘Peaceful Prosperity’ and ‘Primary Abundance’ eras when he controlled around 30% of the world’s GDP. Adept at collecting taxes, the emperor’s administration wasn’t all take, take, take however. Its famous new policies helped improve the lives of the poor, are seen as a forerunner of the modern welfare state.
3. Akbar I
Emperor of India’s Mughal dynasty
Net Worth: $21 trillion
Abu’l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar, popularly known as Akbar the Great, and also as Akbar I, was the third Mughal emperor, who reigned from 1556 to 1605. Renowned for his lavish lifestyle and patronage of the arts, he ruled over much of the Indian subcontinent, known as the Mughal Empire. He controlled around 25% of the world’s GDP at the time.
4. Amenhotep III
Net Worth: $5 trillion
Amenhotep III, also known as Amenhotep the Magnificent, was the ninth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. His reign was a period of unprecedented prosperity and splendour, when Egypt reached the peak of its artistic and international power. He kept all money inside the family so when his mother who controlled most of the wealth died he became head of the family. This gave him literally all land in Egypt.
5. Augustus Caesar
Emperor of the Roman Empire
Net Worth: $4.6 trillion
Augustus was a Roman statesman and military leader who became the first emperor of the Roman Empire, reigning from 27 BC until his death in AD 14. His status as the founder of the Roman Principate has consolidated an enduring legacy as one of the most effective and controversial leaders in human history. The reign of Augustus initiated an era of relative peace known as the Pax Romana. He boasted a personal fortune equivalent to 20% of the entire empire’s economy. At one point Augustus even owned Egypt.
6. King Solomon
King of Israel
Net Worth: $2.2 trillion
King Solomon, also called Jedidiah, was, according to the Hebrew Bible, Old Testament, Quran, and Hadiths, a fabulously wealthy and wise king of the United Kingdom of Israel who succeeded his father, King David from 970 BC to 931 BC. He is identified as the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem using the vast wealth he and his father had accumulated. He dedicated the temple to Yahweh, the God of Israel.
He is portrayed as great in wisdom, wealth and power beyond either of the previous kings of the country. King Solomon’s riches came from taxation, trade and tributes. According to the Bible, King Solomon during his rule he is said to have received 25 tons of gold for each of the 39 years of his reign. In a single year, Solomon collected tribute amounting to 666 talents (18,125 kilograms) of gold.