The richest people of all time - Bill Gates in12th place

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Bill Gates
Bill Gates

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We think we know what it means to be wealthy. We have Bill Gates and Paris Hilton showing us the broad spectrum of what happens to humanity when faced with a fortune. However, we haven't seen the half of it. A new study has adjusted wealth to take account for inflation - and revealed the 25 richest people who ever lived

So why were they so rich, how did they make it - and how did they spend it?
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