Industrialist who made an enormous fortune in financing and corporate consolidations.
He worked for his father's banking branch in 1857.
He oversaw the merger of Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston Electric Company into General Electric. He also oversaw the merger that created the United States Steel Corporation.
He had four children with his second wife whom he married a few years after the death of his first wife.
He invested in Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower, but when Guglielmo Marconi began making transatlantic transmissions, he decided against any additional backing.