List of richest Americans in history

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A caricature of John D. Rockefeller published in Puck in 1901

In the 1996 book The Wealthy 100, authors Michael Klepper and Robert Gunther placed John D. Rockefeller atop the list of the richest Americans in history, followed by Cornelius Vanderbilt and John Jacob Astor.[1][2] Bill Gates was the top living person, coming in fifth.

Business Insider agreed on Rockefeller in first, but placed Andrew Carnegie second, followed by Vanderbilt and Gates.[3]

By half decade[edit]

[citation needed]

YearNamePicture
1775
1780
1785Benjamin Franklin
1790John Hancock
1795Elias Hasket Derby
Frothingham EliasHasketDerby.jpg
1800
1805
1810
1815
1820Stephen Girard
Stephen Girard by JR Lambdin.jpg
1825
1830
1835Stephen Van Rensselaer
1840John Jacob Astor
John Jacob Astor 1763-1848 photogravure after painting by Gilbert Stuart.jpg
1845
1850
1855
1860
1865
1870Cornelius Vanderbilt
Cornelius Vanderbilt Daguerrotype2.jpg
1875
1880William Henry Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt-WilliamHenry.jpg
1885
1890
1895
1900Andrew Carnegie
Andrew Carnegie, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing slightly left, 1913.jpg
1905
1910John D. Rockefeller
John D. Rockefeller 1885.jpg
1915
1920Henry Ford
Henry ford 1919.jpg
1925
1930Andrew Mellon
AWMellon.jpg
1935
1940
1945
1950
1955J. Paul Getty
1960
1965
1970
1975
1980Daniel Ludwig
1985Sam Walton
SamWalton-1936.jpg
1990John Werner Kluge
1995Bill Gates
Bill Gates in WEF ,2007.jpg
2000
2005
2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Wealthiest Americans Ever". The New York Times. July 15, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Richest Americans in History". Forbes. August 24, 1998. Retrieved April 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ Gus Lubin (April 17, 2011). "The 13 Richest Americans Of All Time". Business Insider.