Cornelius Vanderbilt, also known informally as “Commodore Vanderbilt”, was an American business magnate and philanthropist who built his wealth in railroads and shipping.
Rare and Powerful Cornelius Vanderbilt Quotes
“You have undertaken to cheat me. I won’t sue you, for the law is too slow. I’ll ruin you.” – Cornelius Vanderbilt
“I am not afraid of my enemies, but by God, you must look out when you get among your friends.”– Cornelius Vanderbilt
“I don’t care half so much about making money as I do about making my point, and coming out ahead”– Cornelius Vanderbilt
“There is no friendship in trade.” – Cornelius Vanderbilt
“If I had learned education I would not have had time to learn anything else.” – Cornelius Vanderbilt
“I have always served the public to the best of my ability. Why? Because, like every other man, it is to my interest to do so.” – Cornelius Vanderbilt
“Law! What do I care about the law? Ain’t I got the power?” – Cornelius Vanderbilt
“It is not according to my mode of doing things, to bring a suit against a man that I have the power in my own hands to punish.” – Cornelius Vanderbilt
“Let them do what I have done.”– Cornelius Vanderbilt
“I have been insane on the subject of moneymaking all my life.”– Cornelius Vanderbilt
Cornelius Vanderbilt Quick Facts
Vanderbilt was born poor and having only a mediocre education.
He is known for owning the New York Central Railroad.
Born in Staten Island, New York on May 27, 1794, he died January 4, 1877, at the age of 82.
Although one of the most powerful and richest men of his time – the Vanderbilt family wealth is now questionable.
One of Vanderbilt’s descendants is television personality, Anderson Cooper.
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