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Mansa Musa ruled over the Mali empire in the 14th Century. Photo: BBC

However, many believe Mansa Musa’s wealth outdoes that of all modern billionaires.

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Mansa Musa ruled over the Mali empire in the 14th Century, and his incredible access to gold made him arguably the richest human to have ever lived. So, why is it that he has largely disappeared from the western historical imagination?

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