Updated: Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:00:00 GMT | By Jason Buckland
The richest people of all time

A look back at the unbelievable wealth of the richest people throughout history.

gold bars (© Arnd Wiegmann/Newscom/RTR)
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  • Railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. (© Courtesy Everett Collection/Rex)
  • Henry Ford (© Getty Images)
  • 8. Moammar Gadhafi (© Rex Features)
  • 7. William the Conqueror (© Rex Features)
  • Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last ruler of Hyderabad. (© Farhang Nizam, first edition, 1926/Wikipedia)
  • 5. Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov (© Getty Images)
  • Andrew Carnegie (© Getty Images)
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According to Forbes’ most recent rich list, the wealthiest man on earth is Carlos Slim, he of the $69 billion (as of March 2012) Mexican telecom fortune. A staggering net worth, to be sure, but how does it rank when viewed through the lens of history?

The folks at CelebrityNetWorth.com recently compiled a list of the richest people that ever lived, gathering a group of well-known luminaries and translating their wealth into today’s dollars*. The rundown features names you know well, though no women, and no tycoons, tyrants or royals who are still alive today. Who, then, was the richest person of all-time? Click through to find out.

* Where dollars were not used as a measuring stick, the most recent price for precious metals, like gold, were considered. All figures in this feature are in USD.

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