John D. Rockefeller was well hated. one of the most hated men of this era. He used his fathers hustling skills to learn how to bargain with others. People hated him because he could move around the monopoly trust laws until he just decided to move all of his company to New Jersey. He was rich from before he was 18 til 97 and his net worth was 400 billion dollars.
Andrew Carnegie achieved a fortune from the steel industry, following by becoming a major philanthropist. While working for the railroad, he invented in various ventures, including iron and oil companies. He eventually sold his comaoany for 400 million dollars.
Cornelius Vanderbilt was an American business magnate who built his wealth in railroads and shipping. was a self-made multi-millionaire who became one of the wealthiest Americans of the 19th century. when he died, he was worth 100 million dollars.
Aside from creating the light bulb, Thomas Edison was the driving force behind such innovations as the phonograph. Because of the fact that his inventions lead to a lot of other inventions, he gets credit for a lot more than he actually created himself. Edison was also a successful manufacturer and businessman who was highly skilled at marketing his inventions–and himself–to the public. By the time he died on October 18, 1931, Thomas Edison had amassed a record 1,093 patents: 389 for electric light and power, 195 for the phonograph, 150 for the Telegraph, 141 for storage batteries and 34 for the telephone.
Alexander Graham Bell, even with the hundreds of lawsuits that would challenge his claim to the invention of the telephone, none would prove successful. And despite his myriad accomplishments as a scientist and inventor, he saw himself first and foremost as a teacher of the deaf, dedicating the majority of his work to that field. On March 7, 1876, Bell was awarded a patent on the device, and three days later, he made his first successful telephone call to his assistant, electrician Thomas Watson, who would hear Bell’s famous words transmitted through the wire: “Mr. Watson, come here. I want you.”