The richest Americans

Wealth is relative, and the value of the dollar is far from fixed. So this ranking of American plutocrats measures their total wealth as a fraction of U.S. GDP at their time of death (or for Gates, 2006).

Stephen Van Rensselaer
1764-1839
Stephen Van Rensselaer
Member of the Erie Canal commissions and president of the State's first board of agriculture.

Industry: Land

Wealth at death: $10,000,000

Wealth/GDP: 1/194

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