Pioneers Turned Millionaires

Season 1 Episode 3

John Jacob Astor

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 20, 2011 on Smithsonian Channel
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John Jacob Astor
Step into a world of adventure and danger as we explore the life of America’s first multi-millionaire, John Jacob Astor. From his early years, hiding from his abusive father, to his perilous journey across the Atlantic, to a series of personal and professional tragedies, his life was anything but opulent. Yet, John Jacob Astor routinely turned his life of uncertainties into opportunities, amassing an unprecedented fortune along the way. Witness it all, via dramatic re-enactments and interviews with biographers, historians and descendants of the Astor family.moreless

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