That "Richest Man..." bit is probably not the case with Mali's Mansa Musa being a strong contender for the title. On Musa's 1324 pilgrimage to Mecca he handed out so much gold he crashed Cairo's gold market.From Visual Capitalist:
The thing Fugger had was the influence his money bought.
And the money, of course....
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