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10 RICHEST People in World History [SLIDESHOW]

Koala McDidgeridoo
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Bill Gates is the wealthiest man alive today, but he doesn’t even crack the top 10 of wealthiest people in world history.

At least not according to CelebrityNetWorth.com, which took a stab at the gargantuan (and honestly impossible) task in 2012 of putting together a list of the richest people ever to walk the planet. They calculated the wealth of each figure in 2012 dollars. Check out who made the cut.

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  • 10.) Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877): $185 billion. (Photo: Wikipedia)
  • 9.) Henry Ford (1863-1947): $199 billion. (Photo: Wikipedia)
  • 8.) Muammar Gaddafi (c. 1942 - 2011): $200 billion. (Photo: Wikipedia)
  • 7.) William the Conqueror (c. 1028 - c. 1087): $229.5 billion. (Photo: Wikipedia)
  • 6.) Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam of the Princely State of Hyderabad and of Berar (1886-1967): $230 billion. (Photo: Wikipedia)
  • 5.) Tsar Nicholas II of Russia (1868-1919): $300 billion. (Photo: Wikipedia)
  • 4.) Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919): $310 billion. (Photo: Wikipedia)
  • 3.) John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937): $340 billion. (Photo: Wikipedia)
  • 2.) The Rothschild Family: $350 billion. (Photo: Wikipedia)
  • 1.) Mansa Musa I of Mali (c.1280 - c.1337): $400 billion. (Photo: Wikipedia)