Cornelius Vanderbilt

(1794—1877) American businessman and philanthropist

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US businessman and philanthropist. Vanderbilt amassed a fortune from shipping and railroads, and from this made an endowment to found Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee (1873). Subsequent generations of his family, including his son William Henry Vanderbilt (1821–85), increased the family wealth and continued his philanthropy.

Subjects: Management and Management Techniques — History.

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