When we think about really rich people in the world, we often think of names like Elon Musk, who is the world’s richest man, or Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. But there were people in history who were even richer, like Empress Wu of China.
Empress Wu was an incredibly wealthy woman, and some historians believe she may have been the richest woman ever to live on Earth. Her wealth is estimated at $16 trillion, much more than the combined wealth of Elon Musk, Mukesh Ambani, Jeff Bezos, and others. She lived during the Tang dynasty.
Elon Musk’s wealth is around $235 billion, Jeff Bezos has about $150 billion, and India’s richest person, Mukesh Ambani, has around $91 billion.
Historians say Empress Wu was a clever and cunning ruler who did whatever it took to stay in power, even if it meant doing some terrible things, like harming her own children. She ruled China for about 15 years, and under her leadership, the Chinese empire expanded into Central Asia. During her time as ruler, China’s economy grew significantly, especially in the tea and silk trade.
Empress Wu’s extravagant and royal life has been shown in many movies and TV shows, like the TV series “Empress of China,” starring Fan Bingbing.