Watching the Gilded Age on HBO. Come and learn all about John Jacob Astor. Come and learn from historian, Rick Feingold, all about Astor. Anderson Cooper's latest book has revived interest in this fur trader/real estate tycoon. Born into poverty in Germany, Astor came to the US and built the American Fur Company by trading manufactured goods from Asia and Europe with Native Americans. When the fur hats went out of style he invested in Manhattan real estate and earned a fortune as European immigrants came to NYC seeking a better life.
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