Biography of William Waldorf Astor


Astor, William Waldorf, capitalist, author, born in New York, March 31, 1848, son of John Jacob and Charlotte Augusta (Gibbes)A.; great-grandson of John Jacob, founder of the Astor fortune. Educated by private tutors, finishing in Europe. Entered office of the Astor Estate, 1871. Succeeded his father, 1890, as head of the Astor family, with personal fortune estimated at about $100,000,000. Member of New York Legislature, 1878-81. United States Minister to Italy, 1882-85; removed to England, 1890. Became owner "Pall Mall Gazette" and "Pall Mall Magazine," 1893. Author: "Valentino, a Story of Rome," "Sforza," and historical romance of the 16th century in Italy, etc. Made baron by George V, 1916. Died, 1919.