William Kissam Vanderbilt I (1849–1920) He managed railroads & was a horse breeder. The 2nd son of William Henry Vanderbilt, from whom he inherited $55 million. His first wife was Alva Erskine Smith whom he married in 1875. Alva divorced Vanderbilt in 1895, at a time when divorce was rare among the elite, & received a large financial settlement reported to be in excess of $10 million. The grounds for divorce were allegations of Vanderbilt's adultery.
William Henry Vanderbilt (1821 - 1885) became president of the New York Central railroad after his father, Cornelius, died in 1877 and expanded the railroad empire through acquisitions to become known as one of the "robber barons" and was quoted as saying "THE PUBLIC BE DAMNED." (corporate greed that led to the American Progressive movement)
William Henry "Billy" Vanderbilt I (1821–1885) was an American businessman a member of the prominent Vanderbilt family. He inherited nearly $100 million from his father, railroad mogul family patriarch "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt upon his death in 1877 had increased it to almost $194 million at his death less than nine years later. When he died, he was the richest man in the world. In 1841 he married Maria Louisa Kissam. He his wife had eight children: four sons four daughters.