Mansa Musa is considered the richest man in the history of the world. He was the leader of the country of Mali . Mali was known for their vast amount of natural resources.
During Mansa Musa's reign he built several palaces and mosques throughout the country. He wanted the people of Mali to learn of the muslim culture. He had the University of Sankore restaffed by astronomers and mathematicians.
Mansa Musa Embracing the muslim culture
The natural resources that Mali was known for was known for were salt, and gold. Mansa Must profited from the mining by collecting 10% of everything mined. Salt was very valuable due to it's power of preserving food.
How Mali came to wealth
Mali was the trade capitol of west Africa. This is where most of the country's wealth came from. The gold and salt mined would come here to be traded for clothing, food and camels.
Trade in Mali
Mansa Musa had a caravan of 60,000 men and 12,000 slaves carry the salt and gold on a year long pilgrimage to Mecca. Over the pilgrimage the people used gold and salt as payment in other countries and the people of Mali didn't approve of it.
Mansa Musa pilgrmage
Mansa Musa died soon after his return from his pilgrimage. He reigned over Mali for 25 years, and managed to maintain a wealthy society. That is how he managed to rise up to be the wealthiest man in history.