5. Jakob Fugger (Wealth: $221B)
Jakob Fugger His name is not as popular as the people in this list, but Jakob Fugger, also known as Jakob Fugger the Rich, is a well-known trader in Europe. Born in Ausburg, Germany, Fugger was born in a merchant family. He further expanded his family’s business when he was able to establish their textile trade in Italy as well as their mining (gold and silver) business in Hungary and Bohemia. He died at the age of 66, leaving a net worth of $221B.