Wealth has indisputably become a very political hot-button issue these days. With all of the controversy around the “1%” of the ultra-rich, it is interesting to look at history and see who really controlled the most wealth.
Many of today’s billionaires are famous, well-known people whose names you probably know, but even they are not nearly as wealthy as some from history.
This is just a small list of people who have solidified their legacy by being the richest people in the history of the world. Some used their money for the betterment of the world, and some you may argue were downright evil; but one thing’s for sure: they were (or are) really really filthy rich!