Mongol leader Genghis Khan rose from humble beginnings and went on conquer huge chunks of central Asia and China. Though many people were slaughtered in the course of his invasions, he also granted religious freedom to his subjects, abolished torture, and encouraged trade. Suffice it to say, he was a powerful man. That could explain why roughly one in twelve Asian men now possesses a Y chromosome which can be traced back to him.
Khan did not have an easy life—his mother had been kidnapped by his father and forced into marriage. During his childhood, dozens of nomadic tribes were at war, fighting and stealing from each other. Khan made a reputation for himself as a warrior and attracted a growing number of followers, building import alliances throughout.
Khan broke many customs. Rather than putting relatives in key positions, he chose competent allies to help him take down the leaders of enemy tribes. After vanquishing all his rivals, he called a meeting of representatives from every part of the territory and established a nation the size of Mongolia. He was proclaimed Chinggis Khan, which translates to “Universal Ruler.”
Genghis Khan ruled over 1 million people and abolished inherited aristocratic titles. In addition to political changes, he made social changes as well—forbidding the selling and kidnapping of women and banning the enslavement of any Mongol. He also ordered the adoption of a writing system, granted diplomatic immunity to foreign ambassadors, and allowed freedom of religion.
Genghis Khan went on to conquer more than twice as much land as any other person in history, bringing Eastern and Western civilizations into contact in the process.
But he also made his mark in other ways. According to reports, Genghis Khan’s genes have been passed down to over 16,000,000 decedents. Genghis Khan had more than 1,000 slave girls in his harem and 150 officials wives and took special nutrients to keep his libido strong through his old age. His elixir was reported made of honey, pistachio nuts, and various roots and herbs.
According to Psychology Today, both men and women who have a high need for power have sexual intercourse more often. Dominance and sex are biologically linked in every mammalian species including humans. Sex and power are linked because they both cause a surge in testosterone in both sexes—a chemical known to ramp up dopamine in the brain’s reward network. By ramping up this reward system, power increases an appetite for other reward-rich activities like sex.
Source:history.com, psychology today