The 40 Richest Americans Of All Time – Inflation Adjusted

By on July 4, 2015 in ArticlesEntertainment

America is the richest nation in the world. Today, The United States has more millionaires and billionaires than any other nation. Americans control over 34% of all the wealth on planet Earth. With a net worth of $86 billionBill Gates is the richest person in the world. Gates outranks Spaniard Armancio Ortega Gaona, the #2 richest person in the world, by $16 billion. Six of the ten richest people in the world are Americans and the 10 richest Americans on the planet control $500 billion worth of private wealth. Those 10 billionaires have fortunes ranging from $37 billion (Alice Walton) and $86 billion (Gates). And yet interestingly, despite modern-America's vast wealth and power, the 10 richest Americans are relatively poor compared to their tycoon forefathers.

So, who is the richest American of all time, inflation adjusted? During the peak of the dotcom bubble, Bill Gates briefly had a net worth slightly above $100 billion. That's the same as $136 billion today after adjusting for inflation. That dotcom fortune easily made him the wealthiest person in the world at the time. But how did Gates compare to the wealthy tycoons who came before him? The Carnegies, the Astors, the Huntingtons, the Rockefellers… When you take inflation into account, who was the richest American of all time?

Fun Facts About The 40 Richest Americans Ever:

  • 1) There are two  women on this list.
  • 2) 12 out of the top forty are alive today.
  • 3) Many fortunes came from railroads at the turn of the century.
  • 4) Mining and steel are the next most popular ways to make a fortune.
  • 5) At their peak, these men and women controlled a combined over $2.8 trillion.
  • 6) The poorest person on this list had a net worth of $34 billion.
  • 7) The #1 person on this list is the second richest human being to ever walk the earth.

#30 James C. Flood - Net Worth $34 Billion

#29 Peter A.B. Widener - Net Worth $35 Billion

#28 Collis P. Huntington - Net Worth $36 Billion

#27 George Pullman - Net Worth $37 Billion

#26 Henry Frick Net Worth $39.3 Billion

#25 Oliver Payne - $40.4 Billion

#24 J.P. Morgan - Net Worth $41.5 Billion

#23 Henry Huttleston Rogers - Net Worth $42.6 Billion

#22 Edward Henry Harriman - Net Worth $42.7 Billion

#21 John I. Blair - Net Worth $47 Billion

#20 Russell Sage - Net Worth $47 Billion

#19 Moses Taylor - Net Worth $48.1 Billion

#18 William Weightman - Net Worth $48.1 Billion

#17 James G. Fair - Net Worth $49.2 Billion

#16 Andrew W. Mellon - Net Worth $50.5 Billion

#15 Richard B. Mellon - Net Worth $50.5 Billion

#14 Henry Ford - Net Worth $54 Billion

#13 Warren Buffett - Net Worth $64 Billion

#12 Sam Walton - Net Worth $65 Billion

#11 Marshall Field - Net Worth $66 Billion

#10 Stephen Van Rensselaer - Net Worth $68 Billion

#9 Jay Gould - Net Worth $71 Billion

#8 Friedrich Weyerhauser - Net Worth $80 Billion

#7 Alexander Turney Stewart - Net Worth $90 Billion

#6 Stephen Girard - Net Worth $105 Billion

#5 John Jacob Astor - Net Worth $121 Billion

#4 Bill Gates - Net Worth $136 Billion

#3 Cornelius Vanderbilt - Net Worth $185 Billion

#2 Andrew Carnegie - Net Worth $310 Billion

#1 John D. Rockefeller - Net Worth $340 Billion

The 40 richest Americans of all time:

  • #40: James C. Flood – $34 billion (1826-1889, silver mines)
  • #39: Mark Zuckerberg – $35 billion (1984 – present, Facebook)
  • #38: Peter A.B. Widener – $35 billion (1834 – 1915, railway lines in Philadelphia)
  • #37: Collis Potter Huntington – $36 billion (1821 – 1900, railroads)
  • #36: Michael Bloomberg – $36.5 billion (1942 – present, Bloomberg LLP)
  • #35: George Pullman – $37 billion (1831 – 1897, railway inventions)
  • #34: Alice Walton – $37.1 billion (1949 – present, WalMart)
  • #33: Jeff Bezos – $38 billion (1964 – present, Amazon)
  • #32: S. Robson Walton – $38.5 billion (1944 – present, WalMart)
  • #30: Henry C. Frick – $39.3 billion (1849 – 1919, Carnegie Steel)
  • #30: Jim Walton – $40 billion (1948 – present, WalMart)
  • #29: Oliver H Payne – $40.4 billion (1839 – 1917, Standard Oil, US Steel, American Tobacco)
  • #28: Christy Walton – $41 billion (1955 – present, WalMart)
  • #27: JP Morgan – $41.5 billion (1837 – 1913, General Electric, US Steel)
  • #26: Henry Huttleston Rogers – $42.6 billion (1840 – 1909, Standard Oil)
  • #25: Edward Henry Harriman – $42.7 billion (1848 – 1909, railroads)
  • #24: John I. Blair – $47 billion (1802 – 1899, railroads)
  • #23: Russell Sage – $47 billion (1816 – 1906, railroads)
  • #22: Larry Ellison – $48 billion (1944 – present, Oracle)
  • #21: Moses Taylor – $48.1 billion (1806 – 1882, banking)
  • #20: William Weightman – $48.1 billion (1813 – 1904, chemicals and land)
  • #19: James G. Fair – $49.2 billion (1831 – 1894, silver mining, real estate)
  • #18: David Koch – $50 billion (1940 – present, Koch Industries)
  • #17: Charlies Koch – $50 billion (1935 – present, Koch Industries)
  • #16: Andrew W. Mellon – $50.5 billion (1855 – 1937, banking)
  • #15: Richard B. Mellon – $50.5 billion (1858 – 1933, banking)
  • #14: Henry Ford – $54 billion (1863 – 1947, Ford Motor Company)
  • #13: Sam Walton – $65 billion (1918 – 1992, WalMart)
  • #12: Marshall Field – $66 billion (1834 – 1906, Marshall Field & Company)
  • #11: Stephen Van Rensselaer – $68 billion (1764 -1839, land)
  • #10: Warren Buffett – $70.2 billion (1930 – present, Berkshire Hathaway)
  • #9: Jay Gould – $71 billion (1836 – 1892, railroads)
  • #8: Friedrich Weyerhauser – $80 billion (1834 – 1914, timber, land)
  • #7: A.T. Stewart – $90 billion (1803 – 1876, dry goods)
  • #6: Stephen Girard – $105 billion (1750 – 1831, banker)
  • #5: John Jacob Astor – $121 billion (1763 – 1848, New York City real estate)
  • #4: Bill Gates – $136 billion* (1955 – present, Microsoft) *Achieved in 2000
  • #3: Cornelius Vanderbilt – $185 billion (1794 – 1877, railroads and shipping)
  • #2: Andrew Carnegie – $310 billion (1835 – 1919, US Steel)
  • #1: John D. Rockefeller – $340 billion (1839 – 1937, Standard Oil)

What lessons did you learn from this list? Anyone else want to launch a railroad??!!

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Articles Written by Brian Warner
Prior to launching Celebrity Net Worth, Brian spent seven years as the Managing Editor of one of the largest entertainment portals on the internet. Before that, Brian attended Georgetown University where he double majored in finance and marketing. A native of Northern California, Brian currently resides in Los Angeles. Follow him on Google+.
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