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Vanderbilt Family

The Vanderbilt family was one of the richest and best known families in the United States throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The fortune of this colorful family, whose members collected art, engaged in yachting and horse breeding, and built grand mansions, came mainly from the steamship and railroad industries. Although they were competitive businessmen who always considered their own welfare first, the Vanderbilts became famous for their generosity and philanthropic activities.

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