From Mansa Musa to Elon Musk: Billionaires and their love for shaking markets

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History is littered with legends of eminent personalities who amassed unthinkable fortunes for themselves - with fascinating insights into just how much wealth they controlled.

A lesser-known example is the story of Mansa Musa, the tenth emperor of the Mali empire in the 1300s. Musa's wealth came from the resources his empire commanded: hefty resources in the salt trade, and the massive gold deposits in his empire.

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