Two Tycoons: Vanderbilt Vs. Rockefeller

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Two Tycoons: Vanderbilt vs. Rockefeller America was once seen as a post Civil War wasteland. The country looked as if it were a failed experiment in democracy and no one knew what lied ahead for America. Half a century after the Civil War and its destruction, it was being rebuilt by witty businessmen like Cornelius Vanderbilt and John D. Rockefeller. The risky entrepreneurial skills the men possessed led America on a path to become the greatest superpower in the world. While Vanderbilt controlled the majority of railways in the United States, Rockefeller controlled the majority of oil in the U.S. and had a large impact on future innovations. Their contributions in society helped the American Industry produce more goods than were ever thought possible before their time. Cornelius Vanderbilt and John D. Rockefeller gave Americans a new vision for society by giving rise to entrepreneurs and developing industry in their own astute way. John D. Rockefeller once said “If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success” (Ristovski). Vanderbilt and Rockefeller, both lived through their beliefs of success by starting their own shipping and oil refining companies as young men. Vanderbilt’s first company began in the early…show more content…
Rockefeller gave America a new vision for society by giving rise to entrepreneurs and developing industry in their own astute way. Vanderbilt’s large fortune was built on to from a history of wealth from previous companies. Rockefeller’s legacy began with a limited supply of money which left him inferior to his competitors at first. Both men shared a aspirations to make their companies the best they could possibly be. In the end, both billionaires succeeded; however Rockefeller left a larger monopoly behind him. These tycoons are deliberately responsible for future entrepreneurs and the development of American

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