John Jacob Astor (July 17, 1763 – March 29, 1848), born Johann Jakob Astor, was a German-American business magnate who was the first prominent member of the Astor family and the first multi-millionaire in the United States. He was the creator of the first trust in America, from which he made his fortune in fur trading, real estate and opium.
Johann Jacob Astor (* 17. Juli 1763 in Walldorf bei Heidelberg; † 29. März 1848 in New York City) war ein amerikanischer Unternehmer. Der deutsche Emigrant wurde in den USA vor allem durch Opiumhandel, Pelzhandel und Immobilien zum reichsten Mann seiner Zeit. Ferner war er der erste Multimillionär Amerikas. Er hinterließ ein Vermögen von 20 Millionen Dollar, zwei Hotels, ein Theater, unzählige Immobilien und Aktien.
John Jacob Astor’s ancestors were Waldensian refugees from Savoy, and Astor remained a member of the Reformed church throughout his life. He was born in Walldorf, near Heidelberg in the old Palatinate which became part of the Duchy of Baden in 1803, Germany (now in Rhein-Neckar-Kreis in the state of Baden-Württemberg). His father, Johann Jacob Astor (July 7, 1724-April 18, 1816), was a butcher. The son, John Jacob Astor, learned English in London while working for his brother, George Astor, manufacturing musical instruments.
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