These tycoons were the giants of the Gilded Age, a huge period of American economic growth. These men helped to establish this country as a rich, inventive, and productive place and just as much as they made America, it made them.
Andrew Carnegie was the head of the steel industry; Jay Gould's area of expertise was railroads and the telegraph; Cornelius Vanderbilt was a shipping and magnet; John D. Rockefeller was responsible for taking over the kerosene and oil markets; J.P. Morgan was America's top banker whom overseas financiers trusted.
Here are six tidbits on the powerful men who invented the American super-economy including their personal and business struggles and who they had to knock down and step over to get ahead and gain control.
Source:The Tycoons,Charles R. Morris