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At the end of the 19th century, commonly called the Gilder era, the Vanderbilt family was one of the richest families in America. Not only did they have gobs of money, they were at the pinnacle of society.
Early in the 20th century, one of the Vanderbilt ladies in NYC spent $6 million (in 1910 dollars) for a weekend party in order to establish herself as the queen of high society.
One of the Vanderbilts went down with the Lusitania in 1915, but some other family members built lavish houses. Biltmore estate, built by George Vanderbilt, was constructed in the last years of the 19th century. Even today, it is still the largest privately owned home in the country. I've been through it, and it is a very impressive structure. At 250 rooms, though, it i a bit on the large side for a single guy.
Another one of the Vanderbilts built a "summer cottage" in Newport, Rhode Island, called "the Breakers".
Gloria Vanderbilt was the last of the family to live there, and she eventually deeded it to the Newport historical society because if was extremely expensive to maintain
In April of this year, the society found a buyer who was dumb enough to spend an outrageous amount of money to buy and maintain it.
He also owns a nice place in Florida called Mar-A-Lago, and his name is Donald Trump.
If you think that the selling price of $112 million is a bit on the high side, consider the fact that he has fleeced $250 million from his gullible base since 1/6/2021, so the money he spent is literally "chump change".
The Vanderbilts, of course, had CLASS, a quality that Trump has never had in his life.
Witnessing the sale of a historic property like the Breakers to a guy like Trump is like watching your society daughter get married to a guy in a biker gang.
You'll never be able wash out the stink.