John Jacob Astor IV (July 13, 1864 – April 15, 1912) was an American businessman, real estate builder, investor, inventor, writer, lieutenant colonel in the Spanish-American War and a member of the prominent Astor family. In April 1912, Astor earned a prominent place in history when he embarked on the ocean liner RMS Titanic, which sank four days into its maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg. Astor did not survive. He was the richest passenger aboard the Titanic.

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John Jacob "Jakey" Astor VI (1912–1992) American socialite & businessman. Dubbed the "Titanic Baby", best known for his affiliation with the RMS Titanic, being an unborn survivor of the sinking. He was born four months after his father, John Jacob Astor IV, died in the sinking of the Titanic, whose estate was around $100 million (equivalent to $2,418,965,517 in 2013). Jakey inherited $3 million on his 21st birthday, which by that point had grown to $5 million (equivalent to $90,167,095 in…

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Madeleine Astor, Titanic survivor and wife of John Jacob Astor IV, ca. 1910. Source: Library of Congress

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John Jacob Astor IV, born July 13, 1864, the son of Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor and William Backhouse Astor, Jr. At the age of 47, he married 18-year-old Madeleine Talmage Force. Five months pregnant when Titanic sank, Madeleine Astor gave birth to his second son, John Jacob Astor VI on August 14, 1912.

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John Jacob Astor IV and his wife Madeleine, the wealthiest passengers on board the ship. Madeleine survived.

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John Jacob Astor and his wife had an Airdale on board. Her name was Kitty. The couple were protective of Kitty because she had gone missing during an excursion to Egypt. John had offered a huge reward for her return. They most likely would have kept Kitty in their room during their travel on the Titanic. It is rumored that John released all dogs on board from their kennels. This has not been proven, and John did not survive the sinking.

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Madeline inherited from her husband the income from a five million dollar trust fun and the use of his home on fifth Ave, and in the Newport so long as she did not marry. In August 1912 she gave birth to a son with whom she was pregnant on the Titanic and she named him after her husband, John Jacob Astor.

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