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
Mayer Amschel RothschildMayer Amschel Rothschild
23 February 1744, German
Banker

Johns HopkinsJohns Hopkins
19 May 1795, American
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Robert OwenRobert Owen
14 May 1771, Welsh
 

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

John GaltJohn Galt
02 May 1779, Scottish
Novelist

John Jacob AstorJohn Jacob Astor
17 July 1763, German, American
Entrepreneur

Timothy DexterTimothy Dexter
22 January 1747, American
Businessman

Matthias W. BaldwinMatthias W. Baldwin
10 December 1795, American
Inventor
Samuel WilsonSamuel Wilson
13 September 1766, American
Meat-packer

Haym SalomonHaym Salomon
07 April 1740, Polish, American
Businessman

Henri de Saint-SimonHenri de Saint-Simon
17 October 1760, French
Political Theorist

James Mayer de RothschildJames Mayer de Rothschild
15 May 1792, French
Banker, Art collector, Economist, Businessperson
Stephen GirardStephen Girard
20 May 1750, French, American
Sailor, Entrepreneur, Banker

Moses MontefioreMoses Montefiore
24 October 1784, British
Financier
David SassoonDavid Sassoon
30 September 1792, Indian
entrepreneur

Thomas MifflinThomas Mifflin
10 January 1744, American
Politician

Eliza LucasEliza Lucas
28 December 1722, Antiguan, American
Business person
Joseph Marie JacquardJoseph Marie Jacquard
07 July 1752, French
Inventor

James McGillJames McGill
06 October 1744, Canadian, Scottish
Businessman
Mary Katherine GoddardMary Katherine Goddard
16 June 1738, American
Publisher

Amschel Mayer RothschildAmschel Mayer Rothschild
12 June 1773, German
Banker

Simon CameronSimon Cameron
08 March 1799, American
Politician
Pierre-Esprit RadissonPierre-Esprit Radisson
1636 AD, Canadian, French
Fur Trader

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Samuel SlaterSamuel Slater
09 June 1768, British, American
Industrialist
Anson JonesAnson Jones
20 January 1798, American
Politician

Carl Mayer von RothschildCarl Mayer von Rothschild
24 April 1788, German
Banker

Paul CuffePaul Cuffe
17 January 1759, American
Businessman

Hennig BrandHennig Brand
1630 AD, German
Merchant
Henry E. SteinwayHenry E. Steinway
15 February 1797, German, American
Piano Manufacturer
John SlidellJohn Slidell
1793 AD, American
Politician

Carter BraxtonCarter Braxton
16 September 1736, American
Politician, Merchant

James GadsdenJames Gadsden
15 May 1788, American
Diplomat

Samuel CunardSamuel Cunard
21 November 1787, Canadian, British
Magnate
Robert Livingston the ElderRobert Livingston the Elder
13 December 1654, American, Scottish
Official

Henry DeringerHenry Deringer
26 October 1786, American
Gunsmith

Daniel DrewDaniel Drew
29 July 1797, American
Businessman

William Henry AshleyWilliam Henry Ashley
1778 AD, American
Miner

James LickJames Lick
25 August 1796, American
Real Estate Investor
Thomas GuyThomas Guy
1644 AD, British
Philanthropist

Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of ArgyllArchibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll
01 June 1682, Scottish
Politician
Diego PortalesDiego Portales
16 June 1793, Chilean
Statesman

Sir Francis Baring, 1st BaronetSir Francis Baring, 1st Baronet
18 April 1740, British
Banker

Jacques LaffitteJacques Laffitte
24 October 1767, French
French banker
Thomas PittThomas Pitt
05 July 1653, British
Merchant

Andrew OliverAndrew Oliver
28 March 1706, American
Politician
Barthold Georg NiebuhrBarthold Georg Niebuhr
27 August 1776, German, Danish
Statesman

Benjamin HuntsmanBenjamin Huntsman
04 June 1704, British
Inventor

Fowell BuxtonFowell Buxton
01 April 1786, British
Politician

Francis Cabot LowellFrancis Cabot Lowell
07 April 1775, American
Businessman

Sarah Kemble KnightSarah Kemble Knight
19 April 1666, American
Teacher
Arthur TappanArthur Tappan
22 May 1786, American
Businessman

Billy CaldwellBilly Caldwell
17 March 1782, Canadian, British, American
American Indian leader

Abbott LawrenceAbbott Lawrence
16 December 1792, American
Businessman

Christopher PolhemChristopher Polhem
18 December 1661, Swedish
Scientist
Henry KelseyHenry Kelsey
1667 AD, Canadian, British
Explorer

Casimir Pierre PérierCasimir Pierre Périer
11 October 1777, French
Banker
Joseph SturgeJoseph Sturge
1793 AD, British
Philanthropist

George CroghanGeorge Croghan
1718 AD, Irish, American
Trader

Bryan DonkinBryan Donkin
22 March 1768, British
Developer
John DollondJohn Dollond
21 June 1706, British
Optician

Charles Xavier ThomasCharles Xavier Thomas
05 May 1785, French
Inventor
Isaac SearsIsaac Sears
01 July 1730, American
Merchant

Eleanor CoadeEleanor Coade
03 June 1733, British
Businesswoman

William PepperrellWilliam Pepperrell
27 June 1696, American
Merchant
Nicolas PerrotNicolas Perrot
1644 AD, French
Traveler

Jean, Baron de BatzJean, Baron de Batz
26 January 1754, French
Businessman
Lewis PaulLewis Paul
British
Inventor

John FieldenJohn Fielden
17 January 1784, British
Industrialist

Colin MacfarquharColin Macfarquhar
1745 AD, Scottish
Scottish printer

William BlackwoodWilliam Blackwood
20 November 1776, Scottish
Publisher
William WilliamsWilliam Williams
08 April 1731, American
Merchant
Charles De GeerCharles De Geer
30 January 1720, Swedish
Industrialist

William CockerillWilliam Cockerill
1759 AD, British
Inventor

Wilhelm BeerWilhelm Beer
04 January 1797, German
Banker

Claudius RichClaudius Rich
28 March 1787, French, British
Businessman
Simeon NorthSimeon North
13 July 1765, American
Manufacturer

Hester BatemanHester Bateman
1708 AD, British
Silversmith

Thomas BrattleThomas Brattle
20 June 1658, American
Merchant

Alexander Bryan JohnsonAlexander Bryan Johnson
29 May 1786, American
Philosopher

Karl SchulmeisterKarl Schulmeister
05 August 1770, Austrian
Tobacconist
Edmund CurllEdmund Curll
1675 AD, British
Bookseller

Duncan CameronDuncan Cameron
1764 AD, Canadian, Scottish
Political figure
Samuel TerrySamuel Terry
1776 AD, British
Philanthropist

Pierre Chouteau, Jr.Pierre Chouteau, Jr.
19 January 1789, American
Merchant
Samuel BernardSamuel Bernard
29 October 1651, French
Financier
William WheelwrightWilliam Wheelwright
18 March 1798, American
Businessman