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).

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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Infographic | Vanderbilts Explained | Famous American Families | Gilded Age | #american #history #people

Infographic | Vanderbilts Explained | Famous American Families | Gilded Age | #american #history #people

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vanderbilt brownstone | The Gilded Age Era: The Cornelius Vanderbilt II Mansion, New York City

vanderbilt brownstone | The Gilded Age Era: The Cornelius Vanderbilt II Mansion, New York City

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Mrs Cornelius Vanderbilt III (Grace Wilson) and her children Cornelius Vanderbilt IV and Grace Vanderbilt. She was the wife of Consuelo Vanderbilt's first cousin.  Their daughter Grace was at one time rumored to be engaged to Consuelo's son Lord Ivor Spencer-Churchill.

Mrs Cornelius Vanderbilt III (Grace Wilson) and her children Cornelius Vanderbilt IV and Grace Vanderbilt. She was the wife of Consuelo Vanderbilt's first cousin. Their daughter Grace was at one time rumored to be engaged to Consuelo's son Lord Ivor Spencer-Churchill.

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Cornelius Vanderbilt III and wife Grace Wilson on Easter Sunday 1915. Photo was taken on 5th Avenue. Note that Grace Wilson-Vanderbilt is carrying a prayer book in her left hand.

Cornelius Vanderbilt III and wife Grace Wilson on Easter Sunday 1915. Photo was taken on 5th Avenue. Note that Grace Wilson-Vanderbilt is carrying a prayer book in her left hand.

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Cornelius Vanderbilt II Mansion. NYC. The Magnificent Caen Stoned Great Hall Reaching Up To The Top Of The House  [04]

Cornelius Vanderbilt II Mansion. NYC. The Magnificent Caen Stoned Great Hall Reaching Up To The Top Of The House [04]

Gateway to The Breakers, the Gilded Age summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II
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Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt II (neé Alice Claypoole Gwynne) costumed for the W. K. Vanderbilt Ball, held 26 March 1883. The gown was later gifted to the Metropolitan Museum by her daughter Countess Laszlo Szechenyi (neé Gladys Vanderbilt).

Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt II (neé Alice Claypoole Gwynne) costumed for the W. K. Vanderbilt Ball, held 26 March 1883. The gown was later gifted to the Metropolitan Museum by her daughter Countess Laszlo Szechenyi (neé Gladys Vanderbilt).

The Cornelius Vanderbilt Mansion at 1 W57th St. built 1882 and demolished in 1927. Now the site of Bergdorf Goodman.

The Cornelius Vanderbilt Mansion at 1 W57th St. built 1882 and demolished in 1927. Now the site of Bergdorf Goodman.

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Grand Salon, Cornelius Vanderbilt II house, 1894, at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. Salon designed by Jules Allard et Fils.

Grand Salon, Cornelius Vanderbilt II house, 1894, at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street. Salon designed by Jules Allard et Fils.

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