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Welcome To The Good Life: Richest Men Of The 1890s

I go for mine. I got to shine. Now throw your hands up in the sky.

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1. John D. Rockefeller

Fortune: $336 billion

Rockefeller is the founder of Standard Oil and is estimated to be the richest person in history, eclipsing everyone from the richest royals of ancient times to anyone in the future who might happen to invent magic machines that connect people around the world.

2. Andrew Carnegie

Fortune: $309 billion

Carnegie is the founder of the Carnegie Steel Company. He immigrated to the U.S. from Scotland as a boy and his first job was working in a factory making $1.20 a day. Talk about rags to riches!


3. Cornelius Vanderbilt

Fortune: $185 billion

Vanderbilt is a railroad tycoon. He started his first business at age 16, ferrying freight and passengers between Staten Island and Manhattan. He married his first cousin and had 13 children.

5. Frederick Weyerhaeuser

Fortune: $79.4 billion

The founder of the Weyerhaeuser Company, a timber company, Weyerhaeuser first worked in the brewery business but left because he said the owner, “often becomes his own best customer.”


7. Jay Gould

Fortune: $71.2

Gould is a railroad tycoon who once bought up massive amounts of gold and used his connections with President Grant to artificially increase the price of gold. It caused the markets to crash on a day that's come to be known as "Black Friday."