Vanderbilt's obsession with entrepreneur ship and money began when he was 16. He began building steamships and operating ferry lines . With Vanderbilt's ruthless attitude he gained many enemies along the way.
All hail Cornelius
Eventually, his steamboat business controlled most of the Hudson River. At this point, he also was controlling the real estate business in Manhattan and Staten Island
Vanderbilt acquired the Central railroad and merged it with the other railroads he already owned. Over the next decade, he extended his empire, by acquiring the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway.
At one time, if you wanted to go somewhere, or move freight, in America, it was likely you would have to be a customer of Vanderbilt.
I will determine transportation by my own rules! No one can say ish about my agressiveness.
By the time he died in 1877 he was considered the richest man who had ever lived in America.