The 10 Richest People Who Ever Lived

Who are the richest human beings ever? We’ve been researching this article for the last week so get ready to have your mind blown by these mega mega billionaires. The 25 people on this list are the wealthiest human beings to ever walk the earth.

Fun Facts About The Richest People Who Ever Lived:

  • 1) These billionaires control a combined $4.317 trillion!
  • 2) The richest people ever are all men.
  • 3) 2 out of the 10 people are Africans.
  • 4) The richest person is an African.
  • 5) Carlos Slim Helu, the former richest person in the world, did not even crack the top 20.


Cornelius Vanderbilt is the third richest American ever, the 10th richest person in history and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s great-great-great-grandfather. Cornelius Vanderbilt made his first fortune in the steamboat industry but didn’t see his wealth really explode until he invested in railroads at the age of 70. When he died, his estate was worth the equivalent of $185 billion.

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