John Jacob "Jakey" Astor VI (1912–1992) American socialite & businessman. Dubbed the "Titanic Baby", best known for his affiliation with the RMS Titanic, being an unborn survivor of the sinking. He was born four months after his father, John Jacob Astor IV, died in the sinking of the Titanic, whose estate was around $100 million (equivalent to $2,418,965,517 in 2013). Jakey inherited $3 million on his 21st birthday, which by that point had grown to $5 million (equivalent to $90,167,095 in…
John Jacob Astor IV, born July 13, 1864, the son of Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor and William Backhouse Astor, Jr. At the age of 47, he married 18-year-old Madeleine Talmage Force. Five months pregnant when Titanic sank, Madeleine Astor gave birth to his second son, John Jacob Astor VI on August 14, 1912.
The Astors - John Jacob Astor had caused a scandal by marrying the eighteen year old Madeleine Force, she was two years younger than his son. Returning from their honeymoon, they boarded at Cherbourg, with a maid, a manservant, a personal nurse, and a dog. The Astors' staterooms were without equal, with working fireplaces and adjoining quarters for servants, the suites cost $4,000 ($50,000 in today's terms).
Your chance of surviving was best if you held a first class ticket, but even that was no guarantee. Less than a third of the people on board would survive. Among the victims would be John Jacob Astor, the wealthiest passenger and one of the world's richest men.