Monday, 15 December 2014
The Millionaire's Club
This year one of the movies premiering at Christmas time is a remake of "Annie", the classic story of Orphan Annie who gets adopted by billionaire Daddy Warbucks. When Christmas time is upon us, don't we all wish we were wealthy like Daddy Warbucks so we could really spoil the ones we love, getting them everything on their wish list??
In the 1800's a $Million would probably be worth a least a $Billion today. Even the people that had a net worth of $10,000 - $100,000 would be millionaires by today's standards.
I have found for you some lists of people and their worth, or the worth of their property. Also a couple of lists and bios of leading men of the city.
Here is an Inflation Calculator to help you find the values of the 1800's for today. Just choose the year from the drop-down menu and enter the value.
American Millionaires : the Tribune's list of persons reputed to be worth a million or more. Lines of business in which the fortunes were made - 1892
Boston - Our first men: a calendar of wealth, fashion and gentility: containing a list of those persons taxed in the city of Boston, credibly reported to be worth one hundred thousand dollars, with biographical notices of the principal persons - 1846
The wealthy men and women of Brooklyn an Williamsburgh 1847 - embracing a complete list of all those estimated possessions (in real and personal property) amount to the sum of ten thousand dollars and upwards, together with biographical sketches.
Wealth and Pedigree of the wealthy citizens of New York City and worth - 1800's
Present value of real estate in New York City (by wards) compared with that of 1842 and a list of the wealthy citizens of NYC forty odd - 1884
Memoirs and auto-biography of some of the wealthy citizens of Philadelphia, with a fair estimate of their estates - 1846
The industries of Dublin - historical, statistical, biographical. An Account of the leading business men, wealth and growth - 1887
Dear of Greene County; embracing facts and figures. Portraits and sketches of leading men who will live in her history - 1915
Griffith's list of men and women born in Maine who have risen to distinction - 1905
Queensland - A narrative of her past; with biographies of her leading men - 1900