Genghis Khan Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Earnings

Genghis Khan Net Worth 

Genghis Khan has an estimated net worth of $100 trillion. Mongolian warrior and ruler Genghis Khan created the largest empire in the world, the Mongol Empire, by destroying individual tribes in Northeast Asia. During his peak, Genghis Khan conquered over 15 million square miles of land across Asia and Europe. According to current market estimates, Genghis Khan owned land worth over $90 trillion US dollars at the time of his death.

Genghis Khan was born around 1162 in Mongolia as “Temujin.” He married at the age of 16, but he had many wives throughout his life. At the age of 20, he began assembling a large army with the intention of annihilating individual tribes in Northeast Asia and uniting them under his rule. He was successful; the Mongol Empire was the world’s largest empire before the British Empire, and it lasted long after his death in 1227.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Genghis Khan
Net Worth: $100 Trillion
Land: $90 Trillion
Other Assets: $10 Trillion
Source of Wealth: Conquests

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Early Life

Genghis Khan was born in north central Mongolia around 1162 and was given the name “Temujin” after a Tatar chieftain captured by his father, Yesukhei. Temujin was a member of the Borjigin tribe and a descendant of Khabul Khan, who briefly united Mongols against northern China’s Jin (Chin) Dynasty in the early 1100s.

Temujin was born with a blood clot in his hand, a sign in Mongol folklore that he was destined to become a leader, according to the “Secret History of the Mongols” (a contemporary account of Mongol history). Hoelun, his mother, taught him the harsh reality of living in a turbulent Mongol tribal society and the importance of alliances.

Temujin was nine years old when his father sent him to live with the family of his future bride, Borte. Yesukhei encountered members of the rival Tatar tribe on his way home, who invited him to a conciliatory meal, where he was poisoned for past transgressions against the Tatars.

Temujin returned home after learning of his father’s death to take over as clan chief. The clan, however, refused to recognize the young boy’s leadership, ostracizing his family of younger brothers and half-brothers to the point of near-refugee status. The family was under great strain, and Temujin quarreled with and killed his half-brother, Bekhter, over the spoils of a hunting expedition, confirming his position as head of the family.

Temujin married Borte at the age of 16, cementing the alliance between the Konkirat tribe and his own. Borte was soon kidnapped by the rival Merkit tribe and given as a wife to a chieftain.

Temujin was able to save her, and she soon gave birth to her first child, Jochi. Though Borte’s captivity with the Konkirat tribe called Jochi’s birth into question, Temujin accepted him as his own. Temujin had four sons with Borte and many other children with other wives, as was Mongolian custom. However, only his sons from his marriage to Borte were eligible for family succession.

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The ‘Universal Ruler’

Temujin was about 20 years old when he was captured and temporarily enslaved by former family allies, the Taichi’uts. He escaped with the help of a sympathetic captor and formed a fighting unit with his brothers and several other clansmen. Temujin began his slow ascension to power by assembling a large army of over 20,000 men. He set out to destroy traditional tribal divisions and unite the Mongols under his rule.

Temujin avenged his father’s death by decimating the Tatar army and ordering the execution of every Tatar male taller than 3 feet (taller than the linchpin, or axle pin, of a wagon wheel). Temujin’s Mongols then defeated the Taichi’ut with a series of massive cavalry attacks, including the boiling alive of all Taichi’ut chiefs. Temujin had also defeated the powerful Naiman tribe by 1206, ceding control of central and eastern Mongolia to him.

Genghis Khan’s brilliant military tactics, as well as his understanding of his enemies’ motivations, contributed significantly to the Mongol army’s early success. He had a large spy network and was quick to adopt new technologies from his adversaries.

The 80,000-strong Mongol army coordinated their advance with a sophisticated signaling system of smoke and burning torches. Large drums signaled charges, and flag signals conveyed additional orders. Every soldier was given a bow, arrows, a shield, a dagger, and a lasso. He also carried large saddlebags with him for food, tools, and extra clothing. When crossing deep and swift-moving rivers, the saddlebag was waterproof and could be inflated to serve as a life preserver.

Cavalrymen armed themselves with a small sword, javelins, body armor, a battle-ax or mace, and a lance with a hook to yank enemies off their horses. The Mongols’ attacks were devastating. Their hands were free to shoot arrows because they could control a galloping horse with only their legs. A well-organized supply system of oxcarts carrying food for soldiers and beasts alike, as well as military equipment, shamans for spiritual and medical aid, and officials to catalog the booty, trailed the entire army.

Following Temujin’s victories over rival Mongol tribes, other tribal leaders agreed to peace and bestowed the title “Genghis Khan,” which means “universal ruler,” on him. The title was significant not only politically, but also spiritually. The chief shaman designated Genghis Khan as the representative of Mongke Koko Tengri (the “Eternal Blue Sky”), the Mongol supreme god.

It was accepted that his destiny was to rule the world with this declaration of divine status. Religious tolerance existed in the Mongol Empire, but defying the Great Khan was equivalent to defying God’s will. With such religious zeal, Genghis Khan is said to have said to one of his enemies, “God’s flail is me. God would not have sent you a punishment like me if you had not committed major sins.”

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Major Conquests

Genghis Khan wasted no time in making the most of his divine status. While spiritual inspiration drove his armies, environmental factors most likely drove the Mongols as well. As the population grew, food and resources became scarce. In 1207, he led his armies against the kingdom of Xi Xia, forcing it to surrender after two years. Genghis Khan’s armies invaded the Jin Dynasty in northern China in 1211, drawn not by the artistic and scientific wonders of the great cities, but by the seemingly endless rice fields and easy pickings of wealth.

Despite the nearly 20-year campaign against the Jin Dynasty, Genghis Khan’s armies were also active in the west against border empires and the Muslim world. Genghis Khan began by using diplomacy to establish trade relations with the Khwarizm Dynasty, a Turkish-dominated empire that included Turkestan, Persia, and Afghanistan.

However, the Mongol diplomatic mission was attacked by the governor of Otrar, who may have mistook the caravan for a spy mission. When Genghis Khan learned of the insult, he demanded that the governor be handed over to him and dispatched a diplomat to retrieve him. Shah Muhammad, the ruler of the Khwarizm Dynasty, not only refused the demand, but also returned the Mongol diplomat’s head in defiance.

This act unleashed a torrent of rage that swept through Central Asia and into Eastern Europe. Genghis Khan personally oversaw the planning and execution of a three-pronged attack of 200,000 Mongol soldiers against the Khwarizm Dynasty in 1219. With unstoppable savagery, the Mongols swept through every city’s fortifications.

Those who were not slaughtered immediately were driven in front of the Mongol army, where they served as human shields when the Mongols took the next city. Nothing living, including small domestic animals and livestock, was spared. Men’s, women’s, and children’s skulls were piled in large, pyramidal mounds. After bringing city after city to its knees, the Shah Muhammad and later his son were captured and killed, effectively ending the Khwarizm Dynasty in 1221.

The period following the Khwarizm campaign is known as the Pax Mongolica by scholars. Genghis Khan’s conquests eventually linked the major trade centers of China and Europe. The empire was governed by the Yassa legal code. Genghis Khan created the code, which was based on Mongol common law but included edicts that prohibited blood feuds, adultery, theft, and bearing false witness.

Laws that reflected Mongol respect for the environment were also included, such as prohibitions on bathing in rivers and streams and orders for any soldier following another to pick up anything that the first soldier dropped. Any violation of these laws was usually punishable by death. Military and government advancement was based on merit rather than traditional lines of heredity or ethnicity.

There were tax breaks for religious and some professional leaders, as well as religious tolerance that reflected the long-held Mongol tradition of religion as a personal conviction unaffected by law or interference. This tradition had practical applications because the empire had so many different religious groups that forcing a single religion on them would have been an extra burden.

After annihilating the Khwarizm Dynasty, Genghis Khan turned his attention east to China. The Tanguts of Xi Xia had openly revolted against his orders to contribute troops to the Khwarizm campaign. Genghis Khan defeated enemy armies and sacked the capital of Ning Hia in a series of victories against Tangut cities. Soon, one Tangut official after another surrendered, and the resistance came to an end. However, Genghis Khan’s vengeance for the Tangut betrayal was not complete, and he ordered the execution of the imperial family, effectively ending the Tangut lineage.

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Genghis Khan’s Death

Genghis Khan died in 1227, shortly after the Xi Xia surrendered. It is unknown what caused his death. Some historians believe he died as a result of fatigue and injuries after falling off a horse while on a hunt. Others believe he died of a respiratory disease.

According to tribal customs, Genghis Khan was buried unmarked somewhere near his birthplace in northern Mongolia, near the Onon River and the Khentii Mountains. According to legend, the funeral escort killed anyone and everything they came across in order to conceal the location of Genghis Khan’s grave, and a river was diverted over it to make it impossible to find.

Before his death, Genghis Khan gave his son Ogedei supreme power over most of eastern Asia, including China. The remainder of the empire was divided among his other sons: Chagatai received central Asia and northern Iran; Tolui, the youngest, received a small territory near the Mongol homeland; and Jochi (who was killed before Genghis Khan’s death).

Jochi and his son, Batu, conquered modern Russia and established the Golden Horde. Under Ogedei Khan’s leadership, the empire’s expansion continued and reached a climax. Mongol armies eventually invaded Persia, southern China’s Song Dynasty, and the Balkans. Just as the Mongol armies were about to enter Vienna, Austria, leading commander Batu received word of the Great Khan Ogedei’s death and was summoned back to Mongolia. As a result, the campaign stalled, marking the Mongols’ furthest incursion into Europe.

Among Genghis Khan’s many descendants is Kublai Khan, the son of Tolui, Genghis Khan’s youngest son. Kublai had a strong interest in Chinese civilization from a young age and did much throughout his life to incorporate Chinese customs and culture into Mongol rule.

Kublai rose to prominence in 1251, when his eldest brother, Mongke, was appointed Khan of the Mongol Empire and appointed him governor of the Mongol Empire’s southern territories. Kublai distinguished himself by expanding Mongol territory and increasing agricultural production. Kublai and his other brother, Arik Boke, fought for control of the empire after Mongke’s death. After three years of intertribal warfare, Kublai was crowned Great Khan and Emperor of China’s Yuan Dynasty.

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