King Mansa Musa I (Emperor) was an important Malian king, ruling from 1312 to 1337 Musa ruled the Mali Empire his worth the equivalent of $400 billion in today’s currency, which makes him the richest man in the last 1000 years of human history -a master businessman & economist gained his wealth through Mali’s supply of gold, salt and ivory, the main commodities for most of the world during that time. Shaka, king of the Zulus (1787) inherited the throne of father Zulu Chief Senzangakhona.
Did you know that the word Ghana means "Warrior King" and is derived from the ancient Ghana Empire? Ghana was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient kindoms. However the predominant one is Akan kingdom which still has a great influence on the country. Prior to contact with Europeans trade between various African states flourished due to Akan gold wealth.
The Empire of Ghana, was centered in what is the modern country of Mali, where complex societies existed as far back as 1,500 B.C. The domestication of the camel, hundreds of years before Arabs, facilitated trade over vast distances of gold, ivory and salt. Merchants paid taxes to the king, making him on of the wealthiest rulers in the world.