World’s Richest Man Nizam Of Hyderabad, Photo 1949

An old 1949 photo of the world’s richest man, Asaf Jah VII, Nizam of Hyderabad & Berar. Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar was reputed to be the world’s richest man at one time. He was a faithful ally of the British, he was so rich that the British at many a times borrowed money from him. Hyderabad was India’s biggest and richest princely state, as large as the UK. They are definitely credited for the development of Hyderabad.

They introduced railways, and electricity, developed roads, irrigation, and reservoirs, and introduced airways. Gave importance to education, and science, and founded Osmania University. Berar was a province in British India, ruled under the Nizam. Azam Jah, the eldest son held the title Prince of Berar. The Nizams belonged to the Asaf Jahi dynasty, founded in 1724 by Nizam-ul-Mulk who first came to Hyderabad as the Mughal governor of the Deccan.

Then established his independence as the Mughal power in Delhi decreased to a trickle. The Nizam’s fabulous wealth derived largely from their legendary hoard of emeralds and their diamond mines near Golconda. After India’s independence in 1947, the Nizam resisted in becoming a part of the Indian Union. However Indian army’s use of force led to the state joining the Indian Union. Here shown in this photo, he was of age 63 years of age, and the world’s richest man. Click on the photo for better view.

Did you know- it is said Asaf Jah VII had 34 children, including 16 sons and 18 daughters.

From the collection- Rural Life In India Watercolour Painting By N. Mukherjee., View From Malabar Hill Bombay, Old Postcard 1900., Map Of Travancore Backwaters & Coast 1866.

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, stock photos, or taken from other sources.


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9 x 7 inch

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Associated Press photo