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A list of the richest Americans in history, with pictures. These are the top wealthiest Americans ever. Each of these people was at one point the richest man in the country. This list goes back all the way to the 1700's including those who made their wealth through shipping, oil, automobiles, technology, and many other industries. The amount of money these people have held has grown from the hundreds of thousands, onto becoming millionaires, and now billionaires. While money isn't everything, the impact many of these people have had on United States history reverberates to this day. Perhaps then there is even more to these fellows than just being the top richest Americans.
Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Richest Americans in History
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William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company, with Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates ...more

Age: 62

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Schools: Lakeside School, Harvard College

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John Kluge is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Richest Americans in History
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John Werner Kluge was a German-born American entrepreneur who was at one time the richest person in America. He was best known as a television industry mogul in the United States. ...more

Age: Died at 96 (1914-2010)

Birthplace: Chemnitz, Germany

Schools: Columbia University, Wayne State University

Died: 2010

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Sam Walton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Richest Americans in History
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Samuel Moore "Sam" Walton was an American businessman and entrepreneur best known for founding the retailers Walmart and Sam's Club. ...more

Age: Died at 74 (1918-1992)

Birthplace: Kingfisher, Oklahoma, United States of America

Schools: University of Missouri–Columbia, Hickman High School

Died: 1992

Cause Of Death: Cancer, Bone cancer, Multiple myeloma

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Daniel Ludwig

Daniel Keith Ludwig was a United States shipping magnate, businessman with numerous companies, and billionaire. He pioneered the construction of super tankers in Japan, founded Exportadora de Sal, SA in Mexico and developed it as the largest salt company in the world, built a model community in ...more

Age: Died at 95 (1897-1992)

Birthplace: South Haven, Michigan, United States of America

Died: 1992

Cause Of Death: Heart failure