Vanderbilt, Cornelius

An American business leader of the nineteenth century; the founder of the Vanderbilt fortune. The family's money derived first from shipping and later from railroads.

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His son, William Henry Vanderbilt, summed up the Vanderbilt business philosophy in his famous comment, “The public be damned!”
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