COMPANY: Michigan Central Railroad
INDUSTRY: Railroad & Shipping
WHAT MAKES THEM HAUTE: Leaders of the high society until the 1900s, the Vanderbilt family, led by Cornelius Vanderbilt, created railroad and shipping empires, in addition to sprawling mansions in New York, Newport, and Asheville. The Vanderbilt family remains the seventh wealthiest family in history, and their modern legacy includes Vanderbilt University as well as Vanderbilt Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, which runs alongside Grand Central Terminal. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is the son of Gloria Vanderbilt and great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt II.