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The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy Looks like a good book.

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John D. Rockefeller(1839 - 1937) raised himself up to become the richest man in the history of the world. At one point, he possessed the equivalent of $1 trillion dollars today's money -- and there were no income taxes then. He started as a bookkeeper, went into groceries and eventually bought refineries & oil wells, which became Standard Oil. For awhile he owned almost all the oil fields & facilities in America. He spent the last 40 years of his life supporting charities and good causes.

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John Davison Rockefeller (1839-1937) ca. 1857, American business magnate & philanthropist. In 1916, Rockefeller became the first person to ever reach a nominal personal fortune of US$1 billion. He amassed his fortune from the Standard Oil company, of which he was a founder, chairman & major shareholder. In 1937, estimates place his net worth in the range of US$392 billion to US$663.4 billion in adjusted dollars for the late 2000s. Rockefeller is widely held to be the wealthiest person in…

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John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) with his only son, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. circa 1920 Rockefeller, Sr. is frequently listed as the richest man in history (depending on which list you look at) in company with the likes of Andrew Carnegie, Tsar Nicholas II and William the Conqueror.

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John D. Rockefeller was the richest man in America in his time and one of the first major tycoons. He founded the Standard Oil Company, a monopoly that was eventually dissolved.

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes From The Most Brilliant Minds In Business

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