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He founded Standard Oil in 1870, at the age of 31, and bought up most of the oil refineries in the United States, eventually controlling about 90% of the American oil business.
He invested in the steel business when the market was booming, eventually ending up as the head of the U.S. Steel empire.
Was called William the Bastard until he led the last successful foreign invasion of England in 1066.
In 1862, he began to buy railroad lines. Although already 70 years old at the time, most of his wealth came from this business.
A Norman who joined William The Conqueror in the invasion of Britain in the 11th century, he had 250,000 acres of land from Yorkshire to London.
Founded Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975. He held onto shares as Microsoft dominated the age of computers, peaking in personal wealth at the top of the Dot Com Bubble.
Originally from Normandy, he participated in the Battle of Hastings and was rewarded with properties in Sussex, Northfolk and Yorkshire.
A successful fur trader, he established a near monopoly within the U.S. by around 1800.
The Earl of Arundel and quite the military leader. He fought in the Scottish Independence wars and in the Hundred Years' War.
Successful in the shipping trade, he was a French-born American merchant that went into the banking business later in his life, owning a bank that was called '[Name]'s Bank'.
Richard II's regent during much of the latter's rule and the father of Henry Bolingbroke.
An American entrepreneur, he founded the first department store in lower Manhattan and subsequently expanded his retail business.
He founded [Name] Company, one of the biggest timber companies in the United States, after he arrived in America from Germany in the 19th century.
English diplomat, noble, soldier, and founding member of the Order of the Garter. He is remembered today for being a patron of Corpus Christi College.
Railroad baron and gold speculator, he masterminded the 19th century transportation boom in America.
Major of the US Militia and member of the New York State Assembly, he was also heir to one of the most well-endowed estates in the US.
He started the retail store chain [Name] and Co. in Chicago during the Civil War.
Founded Walmart in 1962 and lived a famously humble life. As Walmart keeps growing, his four children have individual fortunes around $20 billion each.
Investments. The Oracle of Omaha joined Berkshire Hathaway as chairman in 1970 and hasn't looked back. He has pledged to give away 99 percent of his money.
He is most famous for having big holdings in major telecom companies, especially America Movil, one of the largest corporations in Latin America.

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