Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty

  • Type: Books
  • By: Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction
  • Recommended by: Betsy H.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780062964618
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What happened to all that money?

Cornelius "The Commodore" Vanderbilt was the richest man in the United States in the mid 1800s. He amassed his first fortune from shipping and then a second in railroads. He knew how to make money but his children did not. They knew how to spend money until it was mostly all gone.  Within 50 years of the Commodore's death.  Vanderbilt University is still a testament to the family name, as is the tourist home The Breakers in Rhode Island and the Biltmore properties in Asheville North Carolina. A reader will wonder: what will happen to the Jeff Bezos' wealth or the Bill Gates' money, the Commodores of today?