Original One-percenters: The Richest People In US History

John Jacob Astor

Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons/Alonzo Chappel

Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons/Alonzo Chappel

John Jacob Astor was born in Walldorf, Germany in 1763 he moved to the United States when he was 21, where he started his pursuit of the American dream. Astor made his money in the hair trade and ended up controlling most of it. Real estate was one of the other industries that JJ Astor had an interest in. And at its peak, his net worth is believed to have been around $20 million or $600 million in today's money.

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