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3. Alexander the Great

Okay, so there are technically no real numbers to back up Alexander the Great’s claim as one of history’s richest figures, but here are the facts: By the time he was 25, he’d buckled the previously mighty Persian empire, expanding his Macedonian kingdom all the way from Greece to Egypt. By the time of his death in 323 B.C. at the age of 33, his kingdom spanned three continents and stretched about 2 million square miles. So, it’s safe to say Alexander the Great had quite a chunk of change waiting for him at home.

Alexander the Great

4. House of Medici

The illustrious House of Medici is another whose numbers get a little fuzzy depending on who you ask. What’s known, though, is that the banking family which rose to prominence under patriarch Cosimo de Medici in the late 14th century gained so much material wealth that they were able to basically fund a big chunk of the Renaissance, they made puppets of the ruling class in Florence, and they produced four Popes over the course of their run.

House of Medici

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