Jay Gould
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Black and White Photograph of Jay Gould.

Credit: Image donated by Corbis-Bettmann

A prototype of the American "robber baron," Jay Gould turned the Erie Railroad into what one journalist called "The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street." When he died of tuberculosis in 1893 at the age of fifty-seven, Gould left a then fabulous fortune of $77 million.

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