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The world's richest empires ever

Lovemoney Logo By Daniel Coughlin of Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 31: Economic superpowers that spanned entire continents, the world's mightiest empires amassed fabulous wealth, enriching themselves at the expense of the nations they colonized. We chart the rise and fall of 10 of the most affluent of all time and reveal their peak GDPs. Estimates are courtesy of the Maddison Project, unless otherwise stated, and are based on 1990 international dollars.

Economic superpowers that spread far and wide

Economic superpowers that spanned entire continents, the world's mightiest empires amassed fabulous wealth, enriching themselves at the expense of the nations they colonized. We chart the rise and fall of 10 of the most affluent of all time and reveal their peak GDPs. Estimates are courtesy of the Maddison Project, unless otherwise stated, and are based on 1990 international dollars.

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© Grigori Petrowitsch Goldstein (1870 - 1941) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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