William Henry Vanderbilt, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


William Henry Vanderbilt

American philanthropist

Date of Birth: 08-May-1821

Place of Birth: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

Date of Death: 08-Dec-1885

Profession: entrepreneur

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About William Henry Vanderbilt

  • William Henry "Billy" Vanderbilt (May 8, 1821 – December 8, 1885) was an American businessman and philanthropist.
  • He was the eldest son of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, an heir to his fortune and a prominent member of the Vanderbilt family.
  • Vanderbilt became the richest American after he took over his father's fortune in 1877 until his own death in 1885, passing on a substantial part of the fortune to his wife and children, particularly to his sons Cornelius II and William.
  • He inherited nearly $100 million from his father.
  • The fortune had doubled when he died less than nine years later.

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