Who's Worth More?

How do today’s billionaires stack up against yesterday’s über-wealthy? Inquiring minds, including Forbes and The Times of London, have been intent to find out. By taking the worth of various famed figures of history at the peak of their success, determining the relative share of the Gross National Product each controlled, and adjusting for inflation, a list of the wealthiest individuals ever has been produced. The methodology, while debatable, produces some surprising results. So can you guess who's worth more?

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Andrew Carnegie
Bill Gates
2 of 11
John Hancock
George Soros
3 of 11
Joseph Pulitzer
Rupert Murdoch
4 of 11
George Washington
Adolphus Busch (as in Anheuser-Busch)
5 of 11
John Jacob Astor (the first recorded American millionaire)
John D. Rockefeller (the first recorded billionaire)
6 of 11
Benjamin Franklin
Richard Branson
7 of 11
Franklin Woolworth
Sam Walton
8 of 11
Henry Ford
Sergey Brin and Larry Page
9 of 11
Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth II
10 of 11
J.P. Morgan
Warren Buffett
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Liliane Bettencourt (Heiress to the L’Oreal fortune, and currently the world’s richest woman)