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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 (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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Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Driving a Horse Buggy While the Footman Rides in the Very Back Print by Nina Leen at Art.com

The rise and fall of the Vanderbilt family still pervades American historical lore and the remnants of Cornelius Vanderbilt II’s Fifth Avenue Mansion can still be found throughout Manhattan.

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