John Jacob Astor

One of the world' s wealthiest men, John Jacob Astor was an American businessman, inventor and author. Astor' s best known literary work is A Journey to Other Worlds, a science fiction novel about life on Saturn and Jupiter in the year 2000. In addition to his literary pursuits, Astor also patented several inventions, helped develop a turbine engine, and built the Astoria Hotel in New York City. John Jacob Astor died tragically when the Titanic sank during its maiden voyage in April 1912, after...See more