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).
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 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).