Astor started in the fur business in
1784, and by 1800 had a net worth of $250,000. In
1811 one of his companies founded what is now
Astoria, Oregon, and by the early 1820's he had a
total monopoly on fur trade in the United States.
Patterson Bonaparte was, for a
couple of years, the sister-in-law of Napoleon
Bonaparte, Emperor of France. Unfortunately,
Napoleon did not agree with her marriage to his
younger brother, and had the marriage annulled.
Carnegie began his business career
working as a bobbin boy in a textile mill for
$1.20 a week. Working his way up the ladder
quickly, he was earning $50,000 a year by the
time he was 33, and was the richest man in the
world by age 65.
Irénée Du Pont de Nemours
immigrated to the United States from France in
1799. In 1802, he established a mill in Delaware
that had become the largest manufacturer of
gunpowder in the country by 1811.
Heinz began his
business career at the age of 8, selling excess
vegetables from his mother's garden. By the time
he was 9, Henry was making and selling his own
brand of horseradish sauce, and by 17 he
was grossing $2,400 a year.
Robard Hughes, Jr. began his
business career at the age of 19 when he bought
his relatives out of their shares of his father's
multi-million-dollar tool company. He
subsequently made billions of dollars as a movie
producer, aviation pioneer, and Las Vegas casino
William Post turned to a lifestyle
based on an all-natural diet and positive mental
suggestion after suffering two nervous
breakdowns. He subsequently turned that lifestyle
into a very successful business, beginning with a
coffee substitute called Postum and a cereal
|Peter Mark Roget
was trained in medicine but had interests ranging
from optics to sanitation. The Thesaurus
for which he is best known today began as a way
for him to always have an "inventory"
of words to enhance his writings with.
Walker began distilling whiskey as a
sideline of his grocery business. That sidelines
became Canadian Club Whiskey, and also spurred
the development of a number of Walker-owned
businesses, as well as an entire town.