Kublai Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan, became the ruler of the Mongol Empire.

He reigned from 1260 until his death in 1294.

Kublai Khan rose to power in 1260 and became ruler of the vast Mongolian Empire his grandfather, Genghis Khan, had established. He distinguished himself from his predecessors by ruling through an administrative apparatus that respected and embraced the local customs of conquered peoples, rather than by might alone.