Last week, there was a post in where we began a list of the Top 10 Past and Present Richest Men Of All Time. Within that post we discussed the wealthiest men from Numbers 10-6. Today, we will be finishing up the list with Numbers 5-1 of the wealthiest men of all time.
Number 5: John Jacob Astor (1763-1848) Worth $116.6 Billion
Astor was the first millionaire in America. He was able to achieve this due to becoming heavily involved in the fur making world. He jumped into the fur trading business after overhearing a man discussing the business. Astor found great success in the business and decided to try other ventures such as selling opium (of course back then it was not illegal). After awhile he became bored with the fur and opium business and decided to tackle the real estate world in New York City.
Number 4: Bill Gates (1955- ) Worth $124 Billion
Bill Gates is only known as the founder of Microsoft and currently not worth $124 Billion for which that was when he was at his peak. He isnít feeling any financial crisis as he is still worth $58 Billion as of today. It is said that he is looking forward to stepping down in his position, so that he can concentrate on the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, which is currently worth $38.7 Billion.
Number 3: Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794- 1877) Worth $178.4 Billion
Cornelius Vanderbilt made his fortunate the smart way. At times during his steamboat business he would undercut competitors to where at times he wasnít making profit. This worked in his favor due to his costumers knew of his outstanding pricing and would referral countless of people his way. He also did that during his railroad venture which turned into one of the greatest railroad empires. He was in the business to win.
Number 2: Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) Worth $297.8 Billion
Andrew Carnegie was in the Steel business, but is known more for his philanthropy ways. He worked hard for what he earned and did not like the attention of what his success brought to him. He was said to be a very humble man. His savings became investments and then that became capital for his business ventures. He realized that his method would bring continual progress.
Number 1: John D. Rockefeller (1839- 1937) $323.4 Billion
John D. Rockefeller was the founder of Standard Oil in 1870, and soon after completely dominated the industry world of oil. Other business owners did not like his take over and later his company was later founded to have monopolized and then became an open business for most. During this time he became Americaís first Billionaire. His last name Rockefeller is simple used to describe a person with wealth nowadays.