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Top 10: Richest people

In the list of the world’s all-time wealthiest there are both bad pennies and hearts of gold, as Emily Brand reveals…

Money makes the world go round

10 CORNELIUS VANDERBILT

(1794-1877)

Vanderbilt, who was born in New York City, borrowed money to set up a ferry service as an enterprising teenager. Through determination (and luck) he slowly assumed management of various steamboat ventures, before buying stocks in railroads. Though often considered a ‘robber baron’, part of his legacy was the advancement of Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

ESTIMATED 2015 WEALTH: £119 BILLION

9 HENRY FORD

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