If you are struggling to pay your bills, then you may dream of being the richest person to ever live. Historians have attempted to figure out who that person is by adjusting all figures to today’s values. There are no women on the list because they did not even come close to the top. This list does not include wealth spread across members of the same family. Here are the 11 richest people to ever live.
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If Cornelius Vanderbilt was alive today, he would be worth about $190 billion dollars. He was a fourth generation American. His great-great grandparents came to America as indentured slaves from Denmark. He was forced to quit school when he was 11 years old to help his father care for the family.
He worked operating a ferry from Staten Island to Manhattan before starting out as a steamboat entrepreneur. His great wealth came from starting the New York Central railroad.