Full Name: Johann Jakob Astor
Why Famous: The first multi-millionaire in the United States, Astor gained his fortune as a fur trade mogul who built an empire in Canada and the US.
Once he saw a decline in demand for this he diversified and invested in real estate, particularly focused on New York, and became a patron of the arts.
- 1808-04-06 John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company
- 1810-06-23 John Jacob Astor organizes the Pacific Fur Company in Astoria, Oregon