10 RICHEST People in World History [SLIDESHOW]

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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, 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.