A Classification of American Wealth
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  The Standard Oil families 

When one thinks about great wealth in relation to Standard Oil, the name of John Davison Rockefeller imposes itself in such dominant way as to throw all the other families who derived large fortunes from the oil trust into oblivion. With his one quarter share, John D. Rockefeller was indeed by far the largest Standard Oil shareholder, but he was not the only man to derive great wealth from the trust and thus our analysis must not be limited to his family. In 1879, Standard Oil had just 37 shareholders. If we consider only the largest, as known to us, we derive the following list of families, with estimates of their fortunes at the turn of the century :

Family Founder born died shares (1879) SO Share of capital ( % ) Fortune 1900 Original residence


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