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  • William Henry 'Billy' Vanderbilt (1821 - 1885)
    May 8, 1821New Brunswick, New Jersey Died December 8, 1885 William H. Vanderbilt (May 8, 1821–December 8, 1885) was a businessman and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family.William H...
  • Bill Gates
    William Henry "Bill" Gates , III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, humanitarian, and principal founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his care...
  • Thomas Fortune Ryan (1851 - 1928)
    About two miles east is Oak Ridge, a 4,800-acre estate first patented in the 1730s. Robert Rives (1764-1845), a tobacco planter and international trader, built his house there in 1802. In 1867, William...
  • Russell Sage (1816 - 1906)
    Sage (4 August 1816 – 22 July 1906) was a financier, railroad executive and Whig politician from New York, United States. As a frequent partner of Jay Gould in various transactions, he amassed a fortun...
  • John Work Garrett (1820 - 1884)
    John Work Garrett (July 31, 1820 – September 26, 1884), was an American banker, philanthropist, and president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B. & O.).In 1855, he was named to the board of the B. &...

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