How Rich Was Cleopatra and Other Pharaohs?

How Rich Was Cleopatra and Other Pharaohs?


Famed for beating the men at their own game,
Cleopatra has always had a place in our consciousness. From the Shakespearean play to that Hollywood
picture, to bars of luxury soap, her image conveys a sense of beauty, wealth, womanhood,
and power. But how much money was behind that beautiful
diplomatic façade? Compared to today’s billionaires, is Cleopatra
considered super wealthy or just stinking rich? And how do the other pharaohs fare on today’s
rich list? Let’s find out, in today’s episode of
the Infographics show – How rich was Cleopatra and other pharaohs? Cleopatra was one of history’s best loved
and well known figures, famed for using her beauty, intellect, and wit to make political
advantage. In Arabic circles, however, she is known more
as a scholar than a lover and a fighter, and 400 years after her death, a statue of Cleopatra
was erected at the religious center of Philae (phi-lee) with sub-Saharan pilgrims traveling
north to Egypt to pay homage. Some historians say that she was beautiful,
while others claim that she was rather plain. Some say she was war hungry others say scholarly,
but one fact all historians do agree on – Cleopatra was totally rich. Born in 69 BC, Cleopatra was part of the Macedonian
dynasty that ruled Egypt. from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC to Cleopatra’s
death and Roman conquest in 30 BC. She forged political alliances and was said
to have been extremely charming and able to adapt her personality to whomever she was
entertaining. Her life has been dramatized by William Shakespeare
and subject to a feature film starring Elizabeth Taylor. Modern everyday products named after her legacy
include a popular soap brand, a perfume line, make-up, ladies tights, and women’s boots. The Egyptian economy during Cleopatra’s
reign was rudely healthy, and by today’s standards, she herself was fabulously wealthy. The industries flourishing in Egypt at the
time included glass, wheat, linen, oils, papyrus, and unguents – and these were all essentially
royal monopolies that Cleopatra would have benefited directly from. Plus all her subjects paid taxes to the crown
on every namable salable item, so indirectly she benefited from all commerce outside of
the royal monopoly. From this, we can calculate that Cleopatra
pocketed roughly half of all Egypt’s produce and her annual cash revenue was to the tune
of 12,500 silver talents. The average wage of a priest in Cleopatra’s
day was by comparison 15 talents a year. The most lavish of funerals would have cost
a single talent. By today’s standards, Cleopatra was a billionaire
on a Bill Gates level. On one contemporary Rich List, Cleopatra is
positioned at number 22, a few points behind John D. Rockefeller but ahead of Napoleon
and J.P. Morgan. The same list valued her at a net worth of
95 billion, which is about the same as Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk combined. On Money Magazine’s historic list of the
world’s richest women, Cleopatra sits one place above Catherine the Great at number
7. Cleopatra wasn’t Egypt’s first female
pharaoh; before her came Hatshepsut who took a stake of gold mines with an output of about
2 billion dollars in today’s money and controlling one of the largest empires in the ancient
world, and taking control of vast stores of copper, gold, and precious stones. Female pharaoh Hatshepsut is historically
the 9th richest woman in the world, two places behind Cleopatra, in Money Magazine’s list. The rich and famous of ancient Egypt lived
in decadent times of high fashion, parties, wine, and sex, and when the party was finally
over, just before they died, the truly rich had to make arrangements to get themselves
mummified (immortality was a commodity for the truly rich) and the tombs are teaming
in information about these pharaohs. When King Tut’s tomb was opened in November
1922 the priceless gold therein simply stunned explorers and looters alike. The contents of the tomb were insured for
680 million dollars before going on display in Switzerland in 2004. Although King Tutankhamun was a relatively
unknown and unimportant boy king, the discovery of the tomb did beg the question – What
treasures must be contained within the tombs of the more celebrated pharaohs? Possibly the richest of the pharaohs was Amenhotep
III who led Egypt during the height of the golden age and has the distinction of having
the most surviving statues and monuments of any of the Pharaohs. Crowned as a child, Amenhotep lived in a time
of great prosperity and artistic splendor when Egypt became the richest and most powerful
nation in the world. So rich in fact that it was envied by the
likes of Babylonia, Assyria and Mitani, and Amenhotep’s letters show that he was not
above sending gold to surrounding kings to avoid conflict. Amenhotep reinforced his position with a massive
building program with monuments dedicated to the Egyptian gods, particularly Ra, the
sun god, whose body is the shape of a man, and whose head is that of a falcon or hawk. The most greatly admired is Ramses II who
was the greatest of the pharaohs and most celebrated due to his military mind and cunning. Ramses was interestingly born outside of the
royal line but his family’s servitude to the royal family won him access to the throne
where he became admired as a great warrior. Ramses lived to 96 years of age, had over
200 wives and concubines, 60 daughters and 90 sons, and his name is inscribed on virtually
every Egyptian ancient site. Ramses even built his own city with military
compounds and pleasure palaces called House of Ramses and his influence and wealth was
so great that when he eventually died in 1213 BC, the people of Egypt burst into panic as
it was commonly believed that the day Ramses died, the world would end. And if that isn’t rich, what is? So, Does Cleopatra and the other Pharaoh’s
wealth surprise you? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called What Happens When You Die! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

100 Comments

  1. umar quadri says:

    What about tutan ghamun

  2. Eukaanse says:

    xxxtentacion's mom

  3. Midnight Austin says:

    video start at 2:25

  4. Sakis Giannakopoulos says:

    69Bc

  5. gunsandturtles says:

    The history of Earth is blowing my mind rn

  6. adg135876 says:

    Not as rich as Jeff Bezos

  7. Da'shay world says:

    She was black not white

  8. Hannah Reynen says:

    Was Moses a real person if ramsys was real also if he had 90+ sons why was he so worried about the one when Moses sorta killed him that doesn’t make sense well if understand if it was his first born but doesn’t look like it

  9. Monalisa Mukherjee says:

    Her dresses were something to be jealous of.

  10. miss marielle says:

    People may call yall stupid but if you stopped uploading i would know nothing about school

  11. patience kimaita says:

    dude i love your brain.

  12. justblazz9 says:

    Cleopatra was a black woman and brown skin. Quit erasing black history with images of light or white skin women. Tell history right or don’t tell it at all!!!

  13. Samantha Gonzalez says:

    Cleopatra and Hatshepsut weren’t white

  14. S&M says:

    They were rich,
    As an Egyptian, I know there was a smart man who knows how to make gold from sand.

  15. Johnny Scythe says:

    Born in 69 bce.

  16. dan j says:

    The Infographics Show…The fabricated racist videos such as this one do continue to be produced by whites,but the truth is undoubtably coming out.Ancient Africans were NOT whites or Arabs as this video falsely shows.ALL ancient Africans were of the black race,and many of their descendants still live there.Cleopatra/Egypt is African history,NOT European or Greek.Cleopatra's mother was Egyptian.The small number of Romans,and Greeks who invaded Egypt around 300 bc adopted Egyptian culture.Sub sahara Africans paid no homage to European images as the video claims.The continuance of showing ancient Africans as white or Arab,is not only false,but also shows an obvious inferiority complex.

  17. Samson Sliteye says:

    yeesh ! wth is that creepy priest figure at 2:15 ? looks weordly deformed

  18. M Ikram says:

    Ramseas II has a very evil, and horrific story as he has been mentioned in Islam through the Quran and Prophet (pbuh) as one of the most vile and evil tyrants of the land. He forced people to worship him as a god and ordered for all new born boys to be killed (based on a dream). You can read more of his story by searching "Story of Prophet Musa (Moses)" pbuh.

  19. LeMar says:

    Indian Music on a video about Ancient Egyptian History…

  20. Rhiannon Kitsune says:

    60 daughters and 90 sons holy shit

  21. Edgar Guerrero says:

    Lol but she was in heavy debt to Rome

  22. Clement Wong says:

    Emperor Qing: you can't even buy half of my Great Wall LOL

  23. Snow Red says:

    Am I the only one thinking of Ramsay from GOT?

  24. Lynn Chua says:

    Amazon is richer than Cleopatra lol

  25. Honey HivesX says:

    yet celebs think they are richer

  26. W K S says:

    How rich WERE Cleopatra and other pharoahs

  27. rzomg says:

    Cleopatra is closer to us in time than she is to the people who built The Great Pyramid.

  28. Sarah Kali says:

    he said "HWHEAT" lol

  29. Muai-aakhu Meskheniten says:

    Why u white washing them. I understand cleopatra but the others were way off

  30. Noahmil Cabreza says:

    i think king solomon is more richer than her 🤔

  31. Brian Would says:

    what are "unduits" he says it at 1:47 i have tried googling, no result that makes sense.?? no result for "unjuits" either.

  32. Jono de Vries says:

    What do they use to animate like this

  33. Deandre Thurman says:

    Why is Cleopatra portrayed as a white woman but all her servants and everybody else’s dark skin

  34. Travis Gweth says:

    Cleopatra had a darker skin complexion

  35. Emily Runtal says:

    Which Cleopatra there were 12 cleopatras

  36. Rajat Ghosh says:

    Can you please make a video or a series of video on Greek or Egyptian Mythology? It will be a definite success.

  37. Emanuel B. says:

    Cleopatra wasnt a beauty, but she had a very seducitive personality

  38. Corey Mims says:

    Why did y’all make her white? Egyptians aren’t white.

  39. The Terminat0r04 says:

    The cleopatra most people know was actually the 7th one

  40. Cringey Potato Club says:

    So Rhamses is the father of Moses?

  41. Philip L. says:

    she wasn't actually beautiful you know

  42. Casa Pinos says:

    Mansa musa

  43. John Murphy says:

    The usual afrocentric deluded comments! The ptolemies were Greek!

  44. SirLockInBottom says:

    Egyptian women were obese back in the day – so very unlikely she was attractive, but true on the rich part.

  45. flow repins666 says:

    Is way better being rich in the newest age as possible so you can enjoy new technology. Bet a middle class of the 21 century enjoy more wealth and things than a king in the 19 century

  46. Dimitri Stavrakoglou says:

    This was a great animation but the names where pronounced wrong and many historical facts wrong such as Tutankhamen being weak he was actually a fierce warrior and fought in a chariot on the battle of Khadesh

  47. Cold-as-ice-007 Zero says:

    why is everyone still comparing to bill gates lol? hes not even top 3 :"D go check out Jef besos my man… richest man that ever lived

  48. Eri Bloo says:

    Alexander the great no! Alexander the greek
    And he is Macedonian no gay-reeks

  49. crazzi-j north says:

    Could you do one of these for the British royals in history

  50. Pearl Chingchong says:

    2:55 is this Kim Kardashian?

  51. Margretta says:

    She was not richer than Queen Sheba 👍

  52. Daenerys was just Remodeling says:

    Cleopatra had dark skin. Fight me.

  53. Dej Supreme says:

    Why is she white?

  54. ur mother says:

    Wow she was so wealthy

  55. Abby G says:

    (Waffle Turtles Idea)
    What do you call an obese Pharaoh?

    Cleo-fat-ra
    Or
    Tu-chin-khamen

  56. Zelda Dover says:

    1:44 BOB ROSS IS THAT YOU

  57. xoxo Daisy says:

    “Hweat”

  58. Emma Finke says:

    I thought all Egyptians were mummified, not only the rich

  59. majid bayazi says:

    good news is that theyre dead and were alive lol

  60. Mr PumperKnuckles says:

    “Beating men at her own game”
    “Cleopatra being born into royalty”
    I don’t see your logic considered that much of the information your project isn’t accurate…

  61. Komoni Chan :3 says:

    "Leopatra is 1 point behind Catherina The Great"

    Ends video
    Next up : Extra Credit /chanel names) Catherina The Great/Not quite Catherina yet.

    How is this even Un Realated!??!!!!?

  62. Kellie Costello says:

    And hundreds of years later we’re still broke

  63. Void of Space says:

    Please learn to pronounce names in your videos, it takes all of two minutes to do that research.

  64. kirk jason beltran says:

    Richer than Bill Gates and Donald trump combined

  65. 69 Gucci gang says:

    Cleopatra is just a symbol of feminism

  66. The Infographics Show says:

    Also watch "Is Vladimir Putin the Richest Man Alive?" – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo39QzKNyWE

    Who do you like more? 🤪

  67. Suga stole My heart says:

    I lern cleopatra when I was 2nd grade her death was a snake I think manye

  68. Craig Richard says:

    "Hweat" lol

  69. ZombXGaming says:

    Ramses II only lived 67 years…

  70. The Kittiest says:

    Love this channel♥️ 1:02 is my favorite part of the video♥️♥️

  71. bored says:

    Were money made before our era though?

  72. HellaBored says:

    Ramses ii wasn't born out of the royal line perse, his grandfather, Ramses i came to the throne almost how you describe, but Ramses i was pharaoh, then his son Seti i took the throne then Ramses ii.

  73. MOMMITH FILMS says:

    Technically everyone was rich they didn’t need that much for houses they where made out of sand..😂

  74. Moon Mm says:

    Nope Egyptian have always been great

  75. Joice Bassem says:

    I'm Egyptian so I'm proud of my country

  76. Brian Davies says:

    Which Cleopatra is being talked about: there were seven rulers of Egypt called Cleopatra? I assume he mean the last one, of Anthony & Cleopatra fame.

  77. Matt London says:

    OG Pyramid Ponzi schemes

  78. L. S. B. says:

    If you're doing an infographic I would think it should be on facts-not bs myths or movies that never accurately depict history. Cleopatra was not beautiful. She was intimidating & badass. Men just can't think of or define women in any other way than by their bodies & appearance.

  79. Chrollo L says:

    fun fact: most likely cleopatra was obese because of her diet.

  80. Ratul Mukherjee says:

    how rich was khufu?

  81. Tyler Callahan says:

    Yeet

  82. Karen says:

    Cleopatra was the first E-girl.

  83. Gazzze says:

    Come to my channel at Gazzze

  84. Heyitsjoseph YT says:

    69 B.C LOL 😂

  85. Jazmín R says:

    In the Modern Egypt Cleopatra used to be a cigarettes company

  86. jason Trinidad says:

    Papyrus!!! 1:43

  87. Kennya xo says:

    monster high anyone?

  88. iyapa lot says:

    69 BC

  89. Troy Manster says:

    Another powerful black woman

  90. Rise Of IckyBod Clay says:

    69 BC 😏😏😏😂😂😂

  91. DJ D M says:

    The Infographics Show vs. The School

  92. Caleb Mansfield says:

    200 wife's ya he wasnt rich bro

  93. Milaad Bashariar says:

    jeff bezo is richer

  94. Anubis God of Death says:

    Long live the great child of Ra Ramesses the great may you live forever in the afterlife

  95. soldier army soldier says:

    😡i hate pyramid

  96. ryan nyamz says:

    Was she white???

  97. Sagal Nuh says:

    Why is she so light skinned they were not white 😑😑😑

  98. Halo says:

    im richer than all of them as im laying on a nice comfy mattress with my ac on commenting with a 2,000 dollar MacBook Pro.

  99. iHisam says:

    why draw ramses second as a baby inside small basket ?
    u try say he is moses ??

  100. AFTER LIFE says:

    The richest man to ever live was king Solomon estimated at a conservative worth of 2.2 trillion

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