Napoleon Net Worth

At his height, Napoleon’s Net Worth was USD 27 Trillion, with massive hoards of Gold and Diamonds in his war chest. Napoleon controlled an area of more than 7,000,000 square miles in size, spanning Asia and Europe.

The Economic Value of Napoleon’s Conquests

At his height, Napoleon had control over more than 7 million square kilometers of territory in Asia and Europe. Napoleon’s land holdings are worth well over $12 trillion compared to today’s prices.

What Happened to Napoleon’s Fortune?

The British Empire seized all of Napoleon’s French holdings. When Napoleon died on Saint Helena, his men had stolen all but 400 grams of our gold.


Not long after the Kingdom of France annexed the island of Corsica, Napoleon Bonaparte was born there. French military and political leader Napoleon Bonaparte came to power during the Revolution. Through his leadership of France in the Napoleonic Wars against a succession of alliances, Napoleon controlled European and international politics for a decade.

In Autun, then for five years at the military college of Brienne, and ultimately for one year at the military academy in Paris, Napoleon received his formal education.

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Napoleon’s Career

Aged 15, Napoleon Bonaparte was enrolled in the renowned École Militaire in Paris. Still, he was obliged to finish the two-year course only once, when his father died of stomach cancer, leaving Napoleon as the family’s primary source of income. As the war was about to break out over Europe, Napoleon was still a second lieutenant stationed in a peaceful garrison town.

Exile of Napoleon to Elba

Through the terms of the Treaty of Fontainebleau, the Allied powers banished Napoleon to Elba, a Mediterranean island with a population of around 12,000. A few months into his exile, Napoleon learned that his ex-wife Josephine had died in France. Napoleon was horrified by the news, isolating himself in his room and refusing to go out for two days. On February 26, 1815, Napoleon sailed out from Elba on the ship Inconstant.


In the last battle of Napoleon’s war, at Waterloo, the French emperor’s army faced up against the combined forces of the Allies, led by the British Duke of Wellington and the Prussian Prince Blücher of the Coalition. Upon his return to Paris, Napoleon discovered that the people and the government had turned against him. When Napoleon learned that Prussian forces had instructions to seize him dead or alive, he escaped to Rochefort, planning an escape to the United States. On July 15, 1815, Napoleon capitulated to Captain Frederick Maitland of the HMS Bellerophon.

The Banishment of Napoleon to Saint Helena

The British imprisoned Napoleon on Saint Helena, an island in the Atlantic Ocean. On Saint Helena, Napoleon was exiled to Longwood House. Napoleon penned a biography of one of his idols, Julius Caesar, while in exile. As Napoleon’s health gradually deteriorated, he returned to the Catholic Church. On May 5, 1821, at 51, he passed away at Longwood House.

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