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John Jacob Astor

German-born American businessman, merchant, fur trader, and investor who was the first prominent member of the Astor family and the first multi-millionaire in the United States
The first hundred thousand — that was hard to get, but afterwards it was easy to make more.

John Jacob Astor (July 17, 1763March 29, 1848), originally either Johann Jakob or Johann Jacob, was the first of the Astor family dynasty and the first millionaire in the United States, making his fortune in the fur trade, real estate, and opium industries.


  • The first hundred thousand—that was hard to get; but afterwards it was easy to make more.
    • Quoted in James Parton (1865), Life of John Jacob Astor

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