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Your chance of surviving was best if you held a first class ticket, but even that was no guarantee. Less than a third of the people on board would survive. Among the victims would be John Jacob Astor, the wealthiest passenger and one of the world's richest men.


John Jacob "Jakey" Astor VI (1912–1992) American socialite & businessman. Dubbed the "Titanic Baby", best known for his affiliation with the RMS Titanic, being an unborn survivor of the sinking. He was born four months after his father, John Jacob Astor IV, died in the sinking of the Titanic, whose estate was around $100 million (equivalent to $2,418,965,517 in 2013). Jakey inherited $3 million on his 21st birthday, which by that point had grown to $5 million (equivalent to $90,167,095 in…


John Jacob Astor and his wife had an Airdale on board. Her name was Kitty. The couple were protective of Kitty because she had gone missing during an excursion to Egypt. John had offered a huge reward for her return. They most likely would have kept Kitty in their room during their travel on the Titanic. It is rumored that John released all dogs on board from their kennels. This has not been proven, and John did not survive the sinking.

Madeline inherited from her husband the income from a five million dollar trust fun and the use of his home on fifth Ave, and in the Newport so long as she did not marry. In August 1912 she gave birth to a son with whom she was pregnant on the Titanic and she named him after her husband, John Jacob Astor.


Entrance Hall in the John Jacob Astor IV Mansion in New York City. The Mansion had been built by Richard Morris Hunt for John's mother, Caroline, Queen of New York City Society, as a double palace for her and her son. When she died in 1908, John had the mansion converted into one massive residence. The mansion was demolished around 1926 and replaced with the Temple Emanu-El, New York City's largest synagogue.


Fashion History - 1912

"A portrait of Madeleine Astor, who set sail with her husband John Jacob Astor IV on the Titanic - he was famously the richest man on the ship. She survived the sinking, but her husband sadly did not." Photo by Rex Features, 1812. Featured in "British Vogue" in an article about the time of the Titanic.


A grief-stricken Madeleine Astor captured by a newsman's camera. Below, right: Newsies hand out papers announcing the Titanic Disaster, subheaded "Mrs. Astor Is Saved" . . . as if she were the only person among 1,514 dead who really counted.