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   William Backhouse Astor (1792-1875) : the landlord of New York  

inherited the huge estate of his father, William Backhouse Astor was already a very rich man. As a consequence of an inheritance of 500'000 $ from his uncle Henry Astor, a butcher on the Bowery, through generous gifts and business partnerships from his father as well as his own shrewd investments in real estate, William Backhouse Astor was worth 5'000'000 $ in his own right. He had been president of the American Fur Co for many years and also held

 

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