Bill Gates is Mansa Musa (kind of)

Mansa Musa was the king of Mali in the 14th century. He was also the richest man to ever walk this earth with over 400 billion dollars current time.  Mansa Musa ruled over the Mali Empire in West Africa from 1312-1337. He brought great successes and wealth to his country. He made all his wealth by maximizing the production of gold and salt in Mali.

Bill Gates, along with Paul Allen, co-founded Microsoft in 1975, which has become the biggest PC software company in the entire world. He has given much of his money to charities around the world and has even started at foundation with his wife called “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.”

I found that Mansa Musa and Bill Gates are a little bit alike. Although Bill Gates is not our King, he is the richest man in the United States with a staggering (although not quite as much as Mansa Musa) 79.2 billion. As I mentioned before, Musa made his wealth basically off of his country’s production of salt and gold. Bill Gates made his money in a somewhat similar way. He made his money off of his company Microsoft. I say that he made it off of the country as well because we invested into his technological innovations as a whole.

It’s fascinating that there are many similarities between these two men, even though they are centuries apart.

“Bio: Bill Gates.” Bio. The Gates Notes, n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.

Ortiz, Erik. “King Mansa Musa Named Richest in History.” NY Daily News. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2016.


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