19th Century Business People
Find out more about the greatest 19th Century Entrepreneurs, including Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford and Andrew Carnegie.
Thomas EdisonThomas Edison
11 February 1847, American
Inventor, Businessman
Colonel SandersColonel Sanders
09 September 1890, American
Founder of KFC

John D. RockefellerJohn D. Rockefeller
08 July 1839, American
Businessman

Henry FordHenry Ford
30 July 1863, American
Businessman

Andrew CarnegieAndrew Carnegie
25 November 1835, American, Scottish
Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and a

Alexander Graham BellAlexander Graham Bell
03 March 1847, Canadian, Scottish
Inventor of Telephone
J. Paul GettyJ. Paul Getty
15 December 1892, British, American
Businessman

Louis VuittonLouis Vuitton
04 August 1821, French
Businessman

J. P. MorganJ. P. Morgan
17 April 1837, American
Financier and Banker

Conrad HiltonConrad Hilton
25 December 1887, American
American Hotelier and Businessman
William Randolph HearstWilliam Randolph Hearst
29 April 1863, American
Newspaper Baron

John DeereJohn Deere
07 February 1804, American
Founder of 'Deere & Company'
Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
18 February 1898, Italian
Italian racing driver

George HearstGeorge Hearst
03 September 1820, American
Former United States Senator

John Jacob Astor IVJohn Jacob Astor IV
13 July 1864, American
Businessman
Jamsetji TataJamsetji Tata
03 March 1839, Indian
Father of Indian Industry

Milton S. HersheyMilton S. Hershey
13 September 1857, American
Confectioner & Philanthropist
Karl BenzKarl Benz
25 November 1844, German
Entrepreneur

Will Keith KelloggWill Keith Kellogg
07 April 1860, American
Founder of the Kellogg Company

John D. Rockefeller Jr.John D. Rockefeller Jr.
29 January 1874, American
Philanthropist & Businessman
Otto FrankOtto Frank
12 May 1889, Swiss, German, Dutch
Father of Anne Frank

Madam C. J. WalkerMadam C. J. Walker
23 December 1867, American
Entrepreneur
Mayer Amschel RothschildMayer Amschel Rothschild
23 February 1744, German
Banker

J. P. Morgan Jr.J. P. Morgan Jr.
07 September 1867, American
Banker

George EastmanGeorge Eastman
12 July 1854, American
Inventor of Roll Film

Harry WarnerHarry Warner
12 December 1881, American
Executive
Jay GouldJay Gould
27 May 1836, American
Businessman
Samuel ColtSamuel Colt
19 July 1814, American
Inventor

Isidor StrausIsidor Straus
06 February 1845, American
Businessman

Charles M. SchwabCharles M. Schwab
18 February 1862, American
American Steel Magnate & Businessman

Louis ChevroletLouis Chevrolet
25 December 1878, Swiss, American
Founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company
H. L. HuntH. L. Hunt
17 February 1889, American
Businessman

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Alfred SloanAlfred P. Sloan
23 May 1875, American
CEO of General Motors Corporation

Jolie GaborJolie Gabor
29 September 1896, American
Entrepreneur, Socialite

Leo BurnettLeo Burnett
21 October 1891, American
Businessman, Advertising Executive

Werner von SiemensWerner von Siemens
13 December 1816, German
Inventor
Cyrus McCormickCyrus McCormick
15 February 1809, American
Inventor of mechanical reaper

Charles F. KetteringCharles F. Kettering
29 August 1876, American
Inventor, Engineer & Businessman
James J. HillJames J. Hill
16 September 1838, Canadian, American
Canadian-American railroad executive, Businessman

Ghanshyam Das BirlaGhanshyam Das Birla
10 April 1894, Indian
Indian businessman

Anthony FokkerAnthony Fokker
06 April 1890, Dutch
Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft
George CadburyGeorge Cadbury
19 September 1839, British
Businessman

Alexander Turney StewartAlexander Turney Stewart
12 October 1803, American
Entrepreneur
Cecil John RhodesCecil John Rhodes
05 July 1853, British
Former Prime Minister of the Cape Colony

P. T.  BarnumP. T. Barnum
05 July 1810, American
American politician

Andrew MellonAndrew William Mellon
24 March 1855, American
Industrialist, Philanthropist

Auguste LumièreAuguste Lumière
19 October 1862, French
Inventor of cinematograph

Louis RenaultLouis Renault
12 February 1877, French
Founder of Renault
George StephenGeorge Stephen
05 June 1829, Canadian, British, Scottish
Scots-Quebecker Banker, Railway Executive in

James Young ChemistJames Young (Chemist)
13 July 1811, Scottish
Chemist

John Harvey KelloggJohn Harvey Kellogg
26 February 1852, American
Physician, Nutritionist

Charles PonziCharles Ponzi
03 March 1882, Italian, American
Criminal, Banker
Al SwearengenAl Swearengen
08 July 1845, American
Criminal

Prescott BushPrescott Bush
15 May 1895, American
Politician
Henry Clay FrickHenry Clay Frick
19 December 1849, American
Entrepreneur, Patron of the arts

Louis B. MayerLouis B. Mayer
12 July 1884, Belarusian, Ukrainian, American
Film Producer

Leland StanfordLeland Stanford
09 March 1824, American
Politician
Andrew MellonAndrew Mellon
24 March 1855, American
Banker

James ForrestalJames Forrestal
15 February 1892, American
Officer, Banker, Investment banker
Thomas AndrewsThomas Andrews
07 February 1873, British
Marine architect, Entrepreneur, Designer,

Harry Gordon SelfridgeHarry Gordon Selfridge
11 January 1856, British
business magnate

Henry J. KaiserHenry J. Kaiser
09 May 1882, American
Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Hjalmar SchachtHjalmar Schacht
22 January 1877, German, Danish
Economist, Banker, Politician

John RabeJohn Rabe
23 November 1882, German
Entrepreneur
Dorabji TataDorabji Tata
27 August 1859, Indian
 

Kiichiro ToyodaKiichiro Toyoda
11 June 1894, Japanese
Entrepreneur

Albert GöringAlbert Göring
09 March 1895, Austrian, German
Mechanical engineer

Marcus GoldmanMarcus Goldman
09 December 1821, American
Banker, Entrepreneur, Financier
Ratanji Dadabhoy TataRatanji Dadabhoy Tata
1856 AD, Indian
Aviator
Fusajiro YamauchiFusajiro Yamauchi
22 November 1859, Japanese
Entrepreneur

James Buchanan DukeJames Buchanan Duke
23 December 1856, American
Entrepreneur

Ludwig ErhardLudwig Erhard
04 February 1897, German
Economist, Politician, University teacher

Joan GamperJoan Gamper
22 November 1877, Swiss
Association football player, Businessperson
Amadeo GianniniAmadeo Giannini
06 May 1870, American
Banker, Entrepreneur

Sergei DiaghilevSergei Diaghilev
31 March 1872, Italian, Russian
Russian art critic

C. D. DeshmukhC. D. Deshmukh
14 January 1896, Indian
Banker

Robert BoschRobert Bosch
23 September 1861, Austrian, German
Entrepreneur, Inventor, Artisan

Ferdinand von ZeppelinFerdinand von Zeppelin
08 July 1838, German
Aviator, Officer, Balloonist
Mohan Singh OberoiMohan Singh Oberoi
15 August 1898, Indian
Politician

Calouste GulbenkianCalouste Gulbenkian
23 March 1869, British
businessperson, entrepreneur
Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron RothschildWalter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild
08 February 1868, British
Biologist, Banker, Politician, Zoologist,

Junius Spencer MorganJunius Spencer Morgan
14 April 1813, American
Banker, Financier

Walther FunkWalther Funk
18 August 1890, Bulgarian, German
Journalist, Banker, Economist, Politician
Samuel SachsSamuel Sachs
28 July 1851, American
Banker, Entrepreneur, Investment banker

John Francis DodgeJohn Francis Dodge
25 October 1864, American
Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Nathan Rothschild, 1st Baron RothschildNathan Rothschild, 1st Baron Rothschild
08 November 1840, British
Politician, Banker

Jacob SchiffJacob Schiff
10 January 1847, American
Banker, Financier

C. W. PostC. W. Post
26 October 1854, American
Nutritionist

Alfred de RothschildAlfred de Rothschild
20 July 1842, British
Banker, Diplomat
Ernest OppenheimerErnest Oppenheimer
22 May 1880, South African
Entrepreneur, Businessperson, Financier, Banker

Charles RothschildCharles Rothschild
09 May 1877, British
Banker, Entomologist
Otto Hermann KahnOtto Hermann Kahn
21 February 1867, British, American
Art collector, Banker

George DaytonGeorge Dayton
06 March 1857, American
Entrepreneur
George Herbert WalkerGeorge Herbert Walker
11 June 1875, American
Banker, Financier

Henry LehmanHenry Lehman
1822 AD, American
merchant, banker, businessperson
Stavros G. LivanosStavros G. Livanos
1891 AD, Greek