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Cornelius Vanderbilt

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Cornelius Vanderbilt built his wealth in shipping and railroads. He was also the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family and one of the richest Americans in history. In today's dollars, his net worth would be $178 billion. His descendants include Gloria Vanderbilt ($200 million) and Anderson Cooper ($100 million).


Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, a social leader who had behind her the Vanderbilt name and the Vanderbilt millions.


Mrs Cornelius Vanderbilt III (Grace Wilson) and her children Cornelius Vanderbilt IV and Grace Vanderbilt. She was the wife of Consuelo Vanderbilt's first cousin. Their daughter Grace was at one time rumored to be engaged to Consuelo's son Lord Ivor Spencer-Churchill.


Consuelo Vanderbilt's first cousins and the sons of her Uncle Cornelius Vanderbilt II: Cornelius Vanderbilt III, Reginald C. Vanderbilt, William Henry Vanderbilt II and Alfred G. Vanderbilt.


Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794 –1877) known by the sobriquet Commodore, was an American tycoon, businessman, & philanthropist who built his wealth in railroads & shipping. He was also the patriarch of the Vanderbilt family & one of the richest Americans in history. He provided the initial gift to found Vanderbilt University, which is named in his honor. In 1813 Vanderbilt married his first cousin, Sophia Johnson, they were the parents of 13 children


Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt (1880–1925) American millionaire equestrian & the founder & president of many equestrian organizations. He was the youngest son of Cornelius Vanderbilt II & Alice Claypoole Gwynne. Reginald was a grandson of William Henry Vanderbilt, & great-grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. In 1903 he married Cathleen Neilson & divorced in 1920. Reginald remarried in 1923 to Gloria Morgan with whom he had a daughter, fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt


Ca. 1892:   Cornelius Vanderbilt II’s daughter Gertrude Vanderbilt, who married her neighbor Harry Paine Whitney on 57th street.


Alice Gwynne, Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt II with her daughter Gertrude. Gertrude was tall and lanky and not especially feminine. At that time of Gertrude’s coming out party, she and her friend Esther Hunt (daughter of the house’s architect) had a very intense, emotional relationship bordering on what looked suspiciously like what in those days was called “a Boston marriage.” Mrs. Vanderbilt did not like what she saw. She ordered Gertrude never to see Miss Hunt again. The following year, also…