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Lessons From Vanderbilt And Rockefeller: Know Your 'One Big Thing'

Cornelius Vanderbilt built his wealth in shipping and railroads. He was also the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family and one of the richest Americans in history. In today's dollars, his net worth would be $178 billion. His descendants include Gloria Vanderbilt ($200 million) and Anderson Cooper ($100 million).

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Cornelius Vanderbilt II Mansion. NYC. The Petit Salon's fireplace had a picture of Gertrude Vanderbilt.

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Cornelius Vanderbilt II Mansion. NYC. The Magnificent Caen Stoned Great Hall Reaching Up To The Top Of The House [04]

from Mail Online

Gilded New York - the style of the wealthiest 19th century New Yorkers

1894, Manhattan: The Vanderbilt Mansion on 5th Avenue, residence of Cornelius Vanderbilt

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Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt II (Alice), as "Electric Light," wore this pale yellow and shell-pink satin dress embroidered with tinsel, gilt and silver thread at a legendary dress ball (1883) given by her sister-in-law, Alva Vanderbilt. Designed by the venerable Maison Worth, the gown included a Prussian blue velvet train embroidered with gold. It was a gift from Countess Laszlo Szechenyi, her daughter. Subsequently the Vanderbilts secured a place in the social register. NYTimes

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Cornelius Vanderbilt Gilded Age NYC Mansion design/floor plan rendering.

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Today, the property at 742-748 Fifth Avenue, the original address of the Cornelius Vanderbilt II mansion, is now the department store Bergdorf Goodman.

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Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt III [Grace Wilson] with her children Cornelius IV and Grace. Her husband General C. Vanderbilt III, son of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, was Consuelo Vanderbilt's first cousin.

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from Curbed

Inside the Six-Story Gothic Manse That Was NYC's Largest

Grand Salon, Cornelius Vanderbilt II house, 1894, at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. Salon designed by Jules Allard et Fils.

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Cornelius Vanderbilt (May 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877), also known by the sobriquet Commodore, was an American industrialist and philanthropist who built his wealth in shipping and railroads. He was also the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family and one of the richest Americans in history. He provided the initial gift to found Vanderbilt University, which is named in his honor.

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