His staggering fortune was fought over by his heirs after his death in 1877, sowing familial discord that would never fully heal.
Though his son Billy doubled the money left by "the Commodore," subsequent generations competed to find new and ever more extraordinary ways of spending it. By 2018, when the last Vanderbilt was forced out of The Breakers-the seventy-room summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island, that Cornelius's grandson and namesake had built-the family would have been unrecognizable to the tycoon who started it all. Now, the Commodore's great-great-great-grandson Anderson Cooper, joins with historian Katherine Howe to explore the story of his legendary family and their outsized influence.
|Anderson Cooper, Katherine Howe
|10 Nov 2022