Ogden Goelet (1851-1897)

Ogden Goelet, of 608 Fifth Avenue, New York City

In 1879, Ogden and his brother, Robert, inherited a real estate empire in Manhattan of 259 houses worth some $150 million which was second only to the Astors. His wife, May, was one of "the marrying Wilsons" whose brother married Carrie Astor. Through his wife, Ogden's brothers-in-law were Cornelius Vanderbilt III and Sir Mungo Herbert, the British Ambassador to the U.S. When Ogden was run down by a car in 1897, his personal wealth was estimated at $80 million.