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Jay Gould
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Entrepreneur
    (May 27, 1836-December 2, 1892)
    Born in Roxbury, New York
    Railroad builder and financier
    At various points controlled the Erie, Union Pacific and Missouri Pacific Railroads
    Considered the archetypal robber baron of the Gilded Age
    He ripped off Cornelius Vanderbilt for $7 million by issuing fradulent Erie stock.
    He put corrupt politcian Boss Tweed on the Erie board of directors, ensuring favorable New York legislation.
    His attempt to corner the gold market using insider information from Ulysses S. Grant's brother-in-law triggered the 'Black Friday' stock market crash (September 24, 1869).
    He boated, 'I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half.'
    He got a taste of his own medicine when a fake Scottish noble calling himself Lord Gordon-Gordon swindled him out of $1 million in Erie stock.
    John D. Rockefeller called him the most skilled businessman he ever encountered.
    Due to his name and large nose, he was often the target of anti-semitic caricatures, despite actually being Presbyterian.

Credit: C. Fishel


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    In 2012, Out of 10 Votes: 80.0% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 14 Votes: 64.29% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 19 Votes: 89.47% Annoying
 
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