Making the Big Bucks: America's Top-Earning Business People Throughout History

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There are wealthy people — and then there’s this group of the richest Americans throughout the entire history of the country. These savvy billionaires obtained their wealth through technology inventions, investments and their own business acumen and didn’t inherit a dime.

Many of them acquired their fortunes during the Gilded Age, when the United States was bursting with new inventions. Let’s take a look at the wealthiest individuals in U.S. history, based on their net worth after adjusting for today’s inflation. If you’re an aspiring businessman (or woman), pay attention because these gurus clearly knew exactly what to do to succeed.