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

Robert OwenRobert Owen
14 May 1771, Welsh
 

Johns HopkinsJohns Hopkins
19 May 1795, American
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

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

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

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

Timothy DexterTimothy Dexter
22 January 1747, American
Businessman

Nathan Meyer RothschildNathan Meyer Rothschild
16 September 1777, German
Banker

Samuel WilsonSamuel Wilson
13 September 1766, American
Meat-packer

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

Haym SalomonHaym Salomon
07 April 1740, Polish, American
Businessman

Samuel SlaterSamuel Slater
09 June 1768, British, American
Industrialist
Dom PérignonDom Pérignon
30 November 1638, French
Monk

Anson JonesAnson Jones
20 January 1798, American
Politician
David SassoonDavid Sassoon
30 September 1792, Indian
entrepreneur

Moses MontefioreMoses Montefiore
24 October 1784, British
Financier

Jean-Baptiste SayJean-Baptiste Say
05 January 1767, French
Economist
Thomas HutchinsonThomas Hutchinson
09 September 1711, British
Businessman

Stephen GirardStephen Girard
20 May 1750, French, American
Sailor, Entrepreneur, Banker
Eliza LucasEliza Lucas
28 December 1722, Antiguan, American
Business person

Joseph Marie JacquardJoseph Marie Jacquard
07 July 1752, French
Inventor

Thomas MifflinThomas Mifflin
10 January 1744, American
Politician
Madame Clicquot PonsardinMadame Clicquot Ponsardin
16 December 1777, French
Businessperson

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

John WalterJohn Walter
01 January 1738, British
Publisher

Charles R. WalgreenCharles R. Walgreen
09 October 1873, American
American pharmacologist

Simon CameronSimon Cameron
08 March 1799, American
Politician
Henry E. SteinwayHenry E. Steinway
15 February 1797, German, American
Piano Manufacturer
Hennig BrandHennig Brand
1630 AD, German
Merchant

James GadsdenJames Gadsden
15 May 1788, American
Diplomat

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

James McGillJames McGill
06 October 1744, Canadian, Scottish
Businessman
John SlidellJohn Slidell
1793 AD, American
Politician

Pierre-Esprit RadissonPierre-Esprit Radisson
1636 AD, Canadian, French
Fur Trader

Daniel DrewDaniel Drew
29 July 1797, American
Businessman

John GaltJohn Galt
02 May 1779, Scottish
Novelist

Francis Cabot LowellFrancis Cabot Lowell
07 April 1775, American
Businessman
William Henry AshleyWilliam Henry Ashley
1778 AD, American
Miner

Henry DeringerHenry Deringer
26 October 1786, American
Gunsmith
Robert Livingston the ElderRobert Livingston the Elder
13 December 1654, American, Scottish
Official

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

Louise JutaLouise Juta
14 November 1821, German
Bookseller
Samuel CunardSamuel Cunard
21 November 1787, Canadian, British
Magnate

Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of ArgyllArchibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll
01 June 1682, Scottish
Politician
Glikl of HamelnGlikl of Hameln
1646 AD, German
Businesswomen

James LickJames Lick
25 August 1796, American
Real Estate Investor

Henry KelseyHenry Kelsey
1667 AD, Canadian, British
Explorer

Seth ThomasSeth Thomas
19 August 1785, American
Clockmaker

Carter BraxtonCarter Braxton
16 September 1736, American
Politician, Merchant
Thomas PittThomas Pitt
05 July 1653, British
Merchant

Diego PortalesDiego Portales
16 June 1793, Chilean
Statesman

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

Thomas GuyThomas Guy
1644 AD, British
Philanthropist
Fowell BuxtonFowell Buxton
01 April 1786, British
Politician

Abbott LawrenceAbbott Lawrence
16 December 1792, American
Businessman
Sarah Kemble KnightSarah Kemble Knight
19 April 1666, American
Teacher

Benjamin HuntsmanBenjamin Huntsman
04 June 1704, British
Inventor

William WilliamsWilliam Williams
08 April 1731, American
Merchant
Jacques LaffitteJacques Laffitte
24 October 1767, French
French banker

Thomas AttwoodThomas Attwood
06 October 1783, British
Banker
Eleanor CoadeEleanor Coade
03 June 1733, British
Businesswoman

Andrew OliverAndrew Oliver
28 March 1706, American
Politician

George CroghanGeorge Croghan
1718 AD, Irish, American
Trader
Henry ThorntonHenry Thornton
10 March 1760, British
Economist

Arthur TappanArthur Tappan
22 May 1786, American
Businessman
Matthias W. BaldwinMatthias W. Baldwin
10 December 1795, American
Inventor

Joseph SturgeJoseph Sturge
1793 AD, British
Philanthropist

Christopher PolhemChristopher Polhem
18 December 1661, Swedish
Scientist

Billy CaldwellBilly Caldwell
17 March 1782, Canadian, British, American
American Indian leader
Casimir Pierre PérierCasimir Pierre Périer
11 October 1777, French
Banker
Pierre Chouteau, Jr.Pierre Chouteau, Jr.
19 January 1789, American
Merchant

William PepperrellWilliam Pepperrell
27 June 1696, American
Merchant

Bryan DonkinBryan Donkin
22 March 1768, British
Developer

Thomas HopeThomas Hope
30 August 1769
Author
Nicolas PerrotNicolas Perrot
1644 AD, French
Traveler

John DollondJohn Dollond
21 June 1706, British
Optician

Charles Xavier ThomasCharles Xavier Thomas
05 May 1785, French
Inventor

Jean, Baron de BatzJean, Baron de Batz
26 January 1754, French
Businessman

John FieldenJohn Fielden
17 January 1784, British
Industrialist
Isaac SearsIsaac Sears
01 July 1730, American
Merchant

Hester BatemanHester Bateman
1708 AD, British
Silversmith
William CockerillWilliam Cockerill
1759 AD, British
Inventor

William BlackwoodWilliam Blackwood
20 November 1776, Scottish
Publisher
Colin MacfarquharColin Macfarquhar
1745 AD, Scottish
Scottish printer
Karl SchulmeisterKarl Schulmeister
05 August 1770, Austrian
Tobacconist