Top 5 richest men in 20th century worth 3x more than today's top 5 billionaires
From the 20th century, Andrew Carnegie was the richest person with interests in the steel industry. By 2020, Carnegie’s fortune would be around $419.8 billion. From this valuation, Carnegie had a net worth of $16.5 billion in 1913.
Oil tycoon John D Rockefeller occupies the second spot. By 1913, Rockefeller was valued at $14.9 billion while in 2020, he would enjoy a networth of $384.8 billion, making him the richest American to ever live.
Russia’s Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov who had a networth of $13.1 billion in1913 would be valued at $338.58 billion in 2020.
On the other hand, Mir Osman Ali Khan from India would be valued at $259.5 billion in 2013. In 1913, Khan’s fortune was valued at $10 billion.
Former long term Libyan leader Muarmur Gadaffi closes the list. The ruler who died with a networth of about $200 billion in 2011, would currently be valued at $225.7 billion.
When compared to the modern-day living billionaires, the 20th wealthy people would have wealth three times more than their 21st century counterparts. Cumulatively the modern billionaires have wealth amounting to $514.4 billion.
The billionaires include Jeff Bezos ($125.30 billion), Bill Gates ($112.60 billion), Bernard Arnault ($90.40 billion), Warren Buffett ($90.40 billion) and Amancio Ortega ($78.10 billion)
Sadly, the rich people in the 20th and 21st centuries are made up of men only as no woman has made the cut. ■