How much are the Astors worth today?
When comparing to its portion of America’s Gross Domestic Product, Astor I’s fortune is worth the modern equivalent of $121 BILLION dollars. That fortune made him the 14th richest human of all time and the fifth richest American ever. John Jacob Astor IV his son had been exceptionally close.
Who inherited the Astor fortune?
Aside from such charitable donations as the library, John Jacob Astor left the bulk of his $20 million fortune (estimated by Forbes magazine to be worth more than $100 billion today), to his second son, William Backhouse Astor, Sr.
Where did Mrs Astor get her money?
Her husband’s family, the Astors, had made a fortune initially through the fur trade, and later through investing in New York City real estate.