How rich was Solomon?
1 Kings 10:14&15 – “The weight of the gold that Solomon received yearly was 25 tons, not including the revenues from merchants and traders and from all the Arabian kings and the governors of the land.”
1 Kings 9:27&28 – “And Hiram sent his men – sailors who knew the sea – to serve in the fleet with Solomon’s men. They sailed to Ophir and brought back 16 Tons of gold, which they delivered to King Solomon.”
1 Kings 10:10 – “And she (Queen of Sheba) gave the king 4.5 tons of gold, large quantities of spices, and precious stones.”
If Solomon received all of this gold in the course of one year, (the Bible doesn’t state this), his income for that year would be approximately 46 tons of gold.
How would this compare to the wealth of Bill Gates?
This comparison is based on Bill’s net worth as of 2002, and has varied significantly over the years. In 1986, before Microsoft went public, Bill Gate’s net worth was $233,000,000. As of September, 2002 his net worth was approximately 27.29 billion.
If you averaged his income for the period between 1986 and 2002 it would be approximately 1.63 billion. Converting 1.63 billion to gold would yield approximately 145 tons of income each year for the last 16 years.