Richest People In American History

America has always been blessed with some of the richest men in the world. All of us are aware of the richest man in America at the moment but who are the richest people in American history? So where does Bill Gates stand when compared to some of the richest men in America’s history. Take a look below to find the answer!

Here are some interesting facts before we begin the list.

  • John Davison Rockefeller never tried alcohol and tobacco in his entire life.
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt only had formal education till age 11.
  • Bill Gates sold his first computer program when he was only 17 years old.
  • Stephan Girard left home when he was only 14 years old.
  • Andrew Carnegie has established more than 2500 public libraries in the world.
  • John Jacob Astor was a victim of the Titanic disaster
richest people in american history

1. John Davison Rockefeller Net Worth : $340 billion

Like the rest of you, we find it extremely difficult to believe John D. Rockefeller’s net worth of $340 billion. He spearheaded the Standard Oil Company, which monopolized the oil business back in the day. The company was established in 1870, and the man ran office till his retirement in 1897. 

2. Andrew Carnegie Net Worth : $310 billion

Andrew Carnegie’s net worth of $310 billion proves that the man was stinking rich during his heyday. The industrialist was a pioneer in the field of steel industry. Andrew was also a philanthropist. Some of his gifts to the society are Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Hero Fund, Carnegie Institution for Science, and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace etc.

3. Cornelius Vanderbilt Net Worth : $185 billion

Cornelius Vanderbilt’s net worth of $185 billion is something that is unheard of in the modern day. He made humongous profits with investments in shipping and railroads. He also provided the money required to establish Vanderbilt University. 

4. John Jacob Astor Net Worth : $121 billion

John Jacob Astor had a net worth of $12 billion in his career. The shrewd investor made his fortune by establishing a large fur trading empire. He also made investments in real estate during the latter stages of his career. The man died when the Titanic sank. He was a first class passenger on the ship.

5. Stephan Girard Net Worth : $105 billion

Stephan Girard was a French born banker who made it big in America. During his prime, the man boasted a net worth of $105 billion. Let us paint a picture on the amount of money he had. During the 1812 war, Stephan prevented the U.S government from going into a financial collapse by injecting his own cash.

6. Bill Gates Net Worth : $85 million

The only living person in this list, Bill Gates, is the 7th richest American of all time. The entrepreneur made most of his fortune through the success of software company, Microsoft

7. A.T Stewart Net Worth : $90 billion

A.T Stewart possessed a net worth of $90 billion. He mostly thrived on his dry goods business, which was arguably the biggest and the largest in the world. The Irish born A.T Stewart truly made the most out of living in America. 

8. Frederick Weyerhauser Net Worth : $80 billion

The German-American had a net worth of $80 million. Frederick is known to be the brains behind the establishment of the company, Weyerhaeuser Company. The company is in the timber business and it consists of various ventures such as saw mills, and paper factories.

9. Jay Gould Net Worth : $71 billion

With a net worth of $71 billion during his prime, the railroad developer cruised through life with his head held high. The man is often depicted as one of the worst CEOs.

10. Stephen Van Rensselaer Net Worth : $68 billion

Stephen Van Rensselaer had a net worth of $68 billion during his heyday. The man served his country as the Lieutenant Governor of New York, a statesman and even as a soldier. He is credited to founding Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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