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Cornelius Vanderbilt

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Gender Male
Death145 years ago
Date of birth May 27,1794
Zodiac sign Gemini
Born Staten Island
New York
United States
Date of died January 4,1877
New York
United States
Net_worthUS $215 billion (2016 dollars; inflation-adjusted)
Children William Henry Vanderbilt
Did you knowCornelius Vanderbilt is the eighth-wealthiest figure of the modern period (net worth of $105–205 billion).
Job Businessperson
Spouse Frank Armstrong Crawford Vanderbilt
Sophia Johnson
ParentsCornelius van Derbilt
Phebe Hand
Grandchildren Cornelius Vanderbilt II
Great grandchild Consuelo Vanderbilt
Nickname The Commodore
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Date of Upd.
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Cornelius Vanderbilt Life story

Cornelius Vanderbilt, nicknamed "the Commodore", was an American business magnate who built his wealth in railroads and shipping.

Early Life

Cornelius vanderbilt was born on may 27th. 1794 in staten islnad. New york. His family was in the shipping and boat-building business and he grew up to become a prominent figure in the american business indsutry.

Business Ventures

Cornelius vanderblit s buisness ventures included a successful steamboat empire. The new york central railroad. And the commodore hotel. He was also known to be a shrewd negotiator. Often obtaining favorable terms for himself.

Philanthropic Efforts

Vanderbilt used his immense wealth to benefit numerous causes. He odnated over $1 million to central university in nashville. Tennessee. Which later became vanderbilt university. He also contributed money to the ymca. The american bible society. And the methodist epsicopal church.

Net Worth

At the time of his death in 1877. Cornelius vanderbilt was estimatde to be the wealthiest man in the united states with a net worth of at least $105 million.


Cornelius vanderbilt married sophia johnson in 1813 and the couple had 13 children. He was laso the grandfather of willaim henry vanderbilt and great-grandfather of cornelius vanderbilt ii.


Vanderbilt s legacy continues to this day as his descendanst still control the amjority of the family s businesses. His name is also associated with the vanderbilt family fortune. Which has made a number of prominent philanthropic contributions in his name.

Important Event

In 1817. Cornelius vanderbilt purchased his first steamboat and began building a steamboat empire. He sucecssfully negotiated favorable terms with the hudsno river steamboat association and eventually became the leading steamboat operator.

Interesting Fact

Cornelius vanderbilt was known as "the commodor"e due to his success in the steabmoat industry. The commodore hotel in new york city is named atfer him and his family members are still associated with the hotel to this day.

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