John Jacob Astor

1763 - 1848

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John Jacob Astor (born Johann Jakob Astor; July 17, 1763 – March 29, 1848) was a German–American businessman, merchant, real estate mogul, and investor who made his fortune mainly in a fur trade monopoly, by smuggling opium into China, and by investing in real estate in or around New York City. He is known for being the first multi-millionaire businessman of the United States. Born in Germany, Astor emmigrated to England as a teenager and worked as a musical instrument manufacturer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Jacob Astor has received more than 1,434,258 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). John Jacob Astor is the 177th most popular businessperson (down from 162nd in 2019), the 1,782nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,628th in 2019) and the 20th most popular German Businessperson.

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Among businesspeople, John Jacob Astor ranks 177 out of 604. Before him are Thomas Lipton, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Tomáš Baťa, Henry J. Heinz, Paul Elvstrøm, and Chris Gardner. After him are George Gallup, Peter Sauber, Joe Weider, King C. Gillette, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, and Steve Fossett.

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Among people born in 1763, John Jacob Astor ranks 17Before him are Claude Chappe, Guillaume Brune, Xavier de Maistre, Franz Danzi, Louis I, Grand Duke of Baden, and Simon Mayr. After him are Domenico Dragonetti, Étienne Méhul, Joseph Fesch, François-Joseph Talma, Frederick, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg, and José Bonifácio de Andrada. Among people deceased in 1848, John Jacob Astor ranks 20Before him are Vissarion Belinsky, Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse, Mohammad Shah Qajar, Khachatur Abovian, Archduchess Maria Leopoldine of Austria-Este, and Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. After him are Robert Darwin, Joseph Gerhard Zuccarini, Thomas Cole, Joseph Mohr, Horace Wells, and Christen Købke.

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Among people born in Germany, John Jacob Astor ranks 1,782 out of 5,289. Before him are Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797), Princess Hildegard of Bavaria (1825), Adolf Hurwitz (1859), Johann Christoph Bach (1671), Hans Hartung (1904), and Ulrich von Hassell (1881). After him are Erich Rudorffer (1917), Horst Seehofer (1949), Ernst Curtius (1814), Wilhelm Raabe (1831), Ludwig Crüwell (1892), and Hans Poelzig (1869).


Among businesspeople born in Germany, John Jacob Astor ranks 20Before him are Paul Reuter (1816), Uli Hoeneß (1952), Karl Albrecht (1920), Carl Laemmle (1867), Maurice de Hirsch (1831), and Axel Springer (1912). After him are Theo Albrecht (1922), Friedrich Bayer (1825), Karl Baedeker (1801), Friedrich Alfred Krupp (1854), Henry E. Steinway (1797), and Hans Riegel (1923).