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The wealthy 100 : from Benjamin Franklin to Bill Gates-- a ranking of the richest Americans, past and present

Author: Michael M Klepper; Robert E Gunther
Publisher: Secaucus, N.J. : Carol Publishing Group, [1996]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In America, while all men and women may be created equal, they do not all end up that way. This book ranks an elite group: the richest Americans in American history. The Wealthy 100 offers intimate, often surprising portraits of these individuals and how they amassed their fortunes. The rankings are based on estimated total wealth at the time of death - or a given year for current living Americans - as a percentage  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael M Klepper; Robert E Gunther
ISBN: 0806518006 9780806518008
OCLC Number: 33818143
Notes: "A Citadel Press book."
Description: xxii, 362 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: How Rich Were They? --
1. John D. Rockefeller: Oil --
2. Cornelius Vanderbilt: Shipping --
3. John Jacob Astor: Fur/Land --
4. Stephen Girard: Banking --
5. Andrew Carnegie: Steel --
6. Alexander Turney Stewart: Retailing --
7. Frederick Weyerhaeuser: Lumber --
8. Jay Gould: Finance --
9. Stephen Van Rensselaer: Land (inherit) --
10. Marshall Field: Retailing/Land --
11. Henry Ford: Automobiles --
12. Andrew W. Mellon: Banking --
13. Richard B. Mellon: Banking --
14. Sam Moore Walton: Retailing --
15. James G. Fair: Mining --
16. William Weightman: Chemicals --
17. Moses Taylor: Banking --
18. Russell Sage: Finance --
19. John I. Blair: Railroads --
20. Cyrus H.K. Curtis: Publishing --
21. Edward Henry Harriman: Railroads.
Other Titles: Wealthy one hundred
Responsibility: Michael Klepper and Robert Gunther.

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In America, while all men and women may be created equal, they do not all end up that way. This book ranks an elite group: the richest Americans in American history. The Wealthy 100 offers intimate, often surprising portraits of these individuals and how they amassed their fortunes. The rankings are based on estimated total wealth at the time of death - or a given year for current living Americans - as a percentage of the Gross National Product (GNP) in current dollars for that year. This allows the authors to compare the fortunes of people from different centuries.

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