1. Cornelius Vanderbilt
Net Worth: $185 Billion
He was born a dirt-poor farmer, but Cornelius Vanderbilt transformed himself into one of America’s richest and most influential entrepreneurs. From his humble beginnings in 1794, Vanderbilt amassed a staggering personal fortune estimated at more than $185 billion—making him one of the wealthiest people to ever live. With nothing but ambition and grit, he built...