Mansa Musa is was the tenth Mansa of the Mali Empire, an Islamic West African state which included Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Ivory Coast. He is regarded as the richest and wealthiest man to have ever lived with a net worth of over $USD400 billion.
Mansa Musa was born in 1280 and ruled from 1312 when his cousin brother Mansa Abu-Bakr abdicated the throne to go on a expedition in the Atlantic Ocean. He died in 1337 ending his rule. His sons took over the kingdom.
Cause of Death
Mansa Musa died from natural causes. His illness is not known.
Religion and Education
Mansa Musa was a Moslem. In 1324 Mansa Musa went on a pilgramage to Mecca with a caravan of 60,000 men that included his entire royal court and officials, soldiers, griots (entertainers), merchants, camel drivers and 12,000 slaves, as well as a long train of goats and sheep for food.
He passed through Cairo, Egypt causing gold prices crash because of so much gold he was spending and giving out. On his way back from Mecca he brought scholars and architects who helped him build Africa's first university Sankore University. He also build libraries, schools and mosques.
Wife and children
Mansa Musa had a wife named Inari Kunate whom he had several sons with who inherited his kingdom.
Parents and Family
His father was Faga Laye. His mother is not known. His grandfather was Abu-Bakr Keita nephew of Sundiata Keita. He only came to throne after his cousin brother Mansa Abu-Bakr appointed him a regent while he went on expedition. Mansa Abu-Bakr never came back leaving to inherit the throne.
Mansa Musa is believed to have been the wealthiest man to ever lived with a net worth of over $USD400 billion. He made his wealth through gold and salt trade. According historians gold from Mali Empire constituted half the entire gold trade in the world at the time.
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