Cornelius Vanderbilt dropped out of school at age 11 and began his career working with the ferryman in New York.
In 16 years, he borrowed money from his mother to do the transportation of personnel. His fortune in '82 counted $ 167.4 billion.
Basil II was Byzantine emperor in the XI century (976-1025 years). At the age of 67 years he owned $ 169.4 billion. Alas! - He left no heir, and after his death the empire collapsed.
Roman general Marcus Licinius Crassus (115-53 BCE), to crush the rebellion of Spartacus, made his fortune in the slave trade, silver mines and real estate: it is redeemed on the cheap house political prisoners. Crassus condition at age 62 was approximately $ 169.8 billion ...
Henry Ford started the automobile industry. He opened his first company at the age of 36 years, and 20 years later on his bank account was $ 188 billion.
Andrew Mellon was a hereditary banker and finance minister under three US presidents. His condition at the age of 80 years was $ 188.8 billion.
Osman Ali Khan, Asaph Jah VIII, the last ruler of the Kingdom of Hyderabad and Berar (captured by India) in 1937 appeared on the cover of Time magazine as the richest man in the world: 50 years of his fortune was estimated in $ 210.8 billion.
William Henry Vanderbilt inherited from his father, Cornelius Vanderbilt, $ 100 million. He ordered them wisely and turned them into $ 231.6 billion.
The state of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II at age 49 was $ 235 billion.
Andrew Carnegie emigrated to Pittsburgh (USA) from Scotland and in 13 years began to work in a textile factory. And when he was just 40, he built the world's largest steel company. His condition at 68 years was $ 298.3 billion. By the way, about 90% of the money he spent on charity.
When John D. Rockefeller was young, he said that he has two dreams - to earn 100 thousand dollars, and live to be 100 years old. He died before reaching 2 months before his 98 birthday. But his fortune was estimated at $ 318 billion on the current exchange rate. He founded the Standard Oil oil company owned 90% market share of kerosene in America.