Wealth, adjusted to today, $101 billion
Founder of the Carnegie Steel Company
but more famous for giving his money away.
After selling his steel behemoth to J.P. Morgan’s U.S. Steel, Carnegie established many philanthropic and non-profit organizations including the Carnegie Corporation, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and nearly 3,000 public libraries.
In his book titled Wealth,
“A man who dies rich dies disgraced.”