Find out more about the greatest 18th Century Business People, including Cornelius Vanderbilt, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Robert Owen, John Jacob Astor and Richard Arkwright.
Cornelius VanderbiltCornelius Vanderbilt
27 May 1794, American
Business Tycoon & Philanthropist
Johns HopkinsJohns Hopkins
19 May 1795, American
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Robert OwenRobert Owen
14 May 1771, Welsh
 

Mayer Amschel RothschildMayer Amschel Rothschild
23 February 1744, German
Banker

Richard ArkwrightRichard Arkwright
23 December 1732, British
Inventor

George PeabodyGeorge Peabody
18 February 1795, American
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
Peter CooperPeter Cooper
12 February 1791, American
Industrialist & Inventors

Francis LewisFrancis Lewis
21 March 1713, American
Member of the United States House of

James Gordon Bennett, Sr.James Gordon Bennett, Sr.
01 September 1795, American
Founder of New York Herald
John WilkinsonJohn Wilkinson
1728 AD, British
Pioneer in cast iron manufacturing

Alexander Henry the ElderAlexander Henry The Elder
31 July 1739, Canadian
Explorer, Pioneer of British-Canadian Fur Trade
John Jacob AstorJohn Jacob Astor
17 July 1763, German, American
Entrepreneur

Samuel WilsonSamuel Wilson
13 September 1766, American
Meat-packer

Elihu YaleElihu Yale
05 April 1649, British, American, Welsh
Merchant

Anson JonesAnson Jones
20 January 1798, American
Politician

Samuel SlaterSamuel Slater
09 June 1768, British, American
Industrialist
Haym SalomonHaym Salomon
07 April 1740, Polish, American
Businessman

Moses MontefioreMoses Montefiore
24 October 1784, British
Banker

Stephen GirardStephen Girard
20 May 1750, French, American
Sailor, Entrepreneur, Banker

James Mayer de RothschildJames Mayer de Rothschild
15 May 1792, French
Banker, Art collector, Economist, Businessperson
Antoine-Henri JominiAntoine-Henri Jomini
06 March 1779, Swiss, French
Stockbroker, Writer, Officer, Military personnel,

Pierre-Esprit RadissonPierre-Esprit Radisson
1636 AD, Canadian, French
Fur Trader
David SassoonDavid Sassoon
30 September 1792, Indian
entrepreneur

Simon CameronSimon Cameron
08 March 1799, American
Politician

Amschel Mayer RothschildAmschel Mayer Rothschild
12 June 1773, German
Banker
Paul CuffePaul Cuffe
17 January 1759, American
Businessman

Eliza LucasEliza Lucas
28 December 1722, Antiguan, American
Business person
Henry E. SteinwayHenry E. Steinway
15 February 1797, German, American
Piano Manufacturer

John SlidellJohn Slidell
1793 AD, American
Politician

Carl Mayer von RothschildCarl Mayer von Rothschild
24 April 1788, German
Banker
William Henry AshleyWilliam Henry Ashley
1778 AD, American
Miner

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James McGillJames McGill
06 October 1744, Canadian, Scottish
Businessman
Samuel CunardSamuel Cunard
21 November 1787, Canadian, British
Magnate

James GadsdenJames Gadsden
15 May 1788, American
Diplomat

Daniel DrewDaniel Drew
29 July 1797, American
Businessman

Henry DeringerHenry Deringer
26 October 1786, American
Gunsmith
Christopher PolhemChristopher Polhem
18 December 1661, Swedish
Scientist
James LickJames Lick
25 August 1796, American
Real Estate Investor

Henry KelseyHenry Kelsey
1667 AD, Canadian, British
Explorer

Abbott LawrenceAbbott Lawrence
16 December 1792, American
Businessman

Carter BraxtonCarter Braxton
16 September 1736, American
Politician, Merchant
Sir Francis Baring, 1st BaronetSir Francis Baring, 1st Baronet
18 April 1740, British
Banker

Benjamin HuntsmanBenjamin Huntsman
04 June 1704, British
Inventor

Barthold Georg NiebuhrBarthold Georg Niebuhr
27 August 1776, German, Danish
Statesman

Diego PortalesDiego Portales
16 June 1793, Chilean
Statesman

Jacques LaffitteJacques Laffitte
24 October 1767, French
French banker
Andrew OliverAndrew Oliver
28 March 1706, American
Politician

Thomas PittThomas Pitt
05 July 1653, British
Merchant
Sarah Kemble KnightSarah Kemble Knight
19 April 1666, American
Teacher

Charles Xavier ThomasCharles Xavier Thomas
05 May 1785, French
Inventor

Casimir Pierre PérierCasimir Pierre Périer
11 October 1777, French
Banker
Colin MacfarquharColin Macfarquhar
1745 AD, Scottish
Scottish printer

Charles R. WalgreenCharles R. Walgreen
09 October 1873, American
American pharmacologist
John WalterJohn Walter
01 January 1738, British
Publisher

Nathan Meyer RothschildNathan Meyer Rothschild
16 September 1777, German
Banker

Glikl of HamelnGlikl of Hameln
1646 AD, German
Businesswomen