34. John Jacob Astor IV
John Jacob Astor IV was the wealthiest person to perish in the disaster, and at the time was one of the richest people in the world.
John Astor and his wife were aboard the Titanic because Madeleine was pregnant and insisted on having their child in the U.S.
35. Titanic Disaster in Newspaper
This is an image showing the New York American newspaper mentioning Astor’s disappearance.
At the time of John Astor IV’s death, his net worth was $87 million which was the equivalent to around $2.16 billion in 2016. In comparison to the richest people alive today, that would not even place Astor in the top ten!