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The Richest Americans In History

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A list of the richest Americans in history, with pictures. These are the top wealthiest Americans ever. This list goes back all the way to the 1700s, 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 held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect, and was also the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. He has also authored and co-authored several books. Today he is consistently ranked in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people and was the wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2014—excluding a few brief periods post-2008. Between 2009 and 2014 his wealth more than ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 63

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 on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. 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 on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 74 (1918-1992)

Birthplace: Kingfisher, Oklahoma

Schools: University of Missouri–Columbia, Hickman High School

Died: 1992

Cause Of Death: Cancer, Bone cancer, Multiple myeloma

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Daniel K. Ludwig is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Richest Americans In History
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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 association with his huge Jari project on the Amazon River in Brazil to produce pulp paper, and had numerous hotels around the world. Even though he was one of the wealthiest men of his day, with operations spanning 23 countries, his name was little known. Throughout his business life, he maintained a low profile; he ceased speaking to the press in the 1950s. Ludwig has the distinction of being #1 on ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 95 (1897-1992)

Birthplace: South Haven, Michigan

Died: 1992

Cause Of Death: Heart failure