Special Report

30 Richest Americans of All Time

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25. Moses Taylor (1806-1882)
> 2022 estimated net worth: $62.9 billion

Moses Taylor’s father was an assistant to another one of the richest Americans of all time, John Jacob Astor. Taylor used the money his father earned to make a number of investments, notably in railroads, shipping, steel, and coal.

In 1837, Taylor became a director of New York’s City Bank, which today is known as CitiBank. He worked his way up the ranks to become president of the bank in 1856, a position he held until his death in 1882.

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24. Mark Zuckerberg (1984-present)
> 2022 estimated net worth: $70.0 billion

Mark Zuckerberg is such an influential figure of modern life that by 26 years old, Hollywood had already made a film about his rise to prominence. While at Harvard, Zuckerberg co-created what would later become the social media juggernaut Facebook.

Facebook is worth hundreds of billions of dollars, and Zuckerberg is the world’s wealthiest person under 40. However, the company’s recent problems with the security of its data and the accuracy of the information being shared on the platform has caused its value – and Zuckerberg’s by extension – to dip. His net worth declined from over $110 billion in 2021 to $70 billion.

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23. Andrew Mellon (1855-1937)
> 2022 estimated net worth: $72.9 billion

Andrew Mellon and his brother Richard worked together from a young age to become business magnates, and both rank among the richest Americans of all time. The son of wealthy banker Thomas Mellon, Andrew Mellon joined the family banking firm and eventually took ownership. He also helped found the Union Trust Company and the Union Savings Bank of Pittsburgh.

The success of these institutions allowed Mellon to invest heavily in emerging sectors, which would net him much of his fortune. He helped found the Aluminum Company of America and the Gulf Oil Corporation. He later served as a U.S. secretary of the treasury for more than a decade.

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22. Henry Ford (1863-1947)
> 2022 estimated net worth: $77.5 billion

Henry Ford was one of the most prominent American industrialists. He is celebrated not just for the car company that bears his name, but his business innovations like the assembly line that allowed his workers to construct an entire automobile in a fraction of the time it took before.

This quick build allowed Ford to sell his Model T cars inexpensively enough that it was the first automobile most Americans could actually afford to buy. In fact, at one point, more than half of all Americans owned a Model T. Thanks to the success of his company, Ford was believed to be the richest man in America for the last decade of his life, from 1937 to 1947.

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21. Michael Bloomberg (1942-present)
> 2022 estimated net worth: $82.0 billion

Michael Bloomberg worked on Wall Street at the beginning of his career but eventually created his own information technology company to serve the financial industry, which is the primary driver of his fortune. His company quickly became successful thanks to the Bloomberg Terminal, which in 1982 began offering traders a computerized way to collect, analyze, and share data.

Bloomberg eventually served as a three-term mayor of New York City and launched an unsuccessful presidential bid in 2019.

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