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Real-life Gatsbys: the richest people of the Roaring 20s

Lovemoney Logo By Frances Carruthers of Lovemoney | Slide 1 of 35: The 1920s was a decade like no other: an era of jazz music, flappers, new-found economic prosperity and emerging technologies, immortalized by author F Scott Fitzgerald in the pages of the novel The Great Gatsby. Yet outside of popular literature, there were many real-life tycoons who amassed enormous wealth during the so-called Roaring 20s. Using Forbes’ 1918 Rich List, click through to see the 17 richest men and women of the era – who’d all be billionaires in today’s money.

Jazz Age tycoons

The 1920s was a decade like no other: an era of jazz music, flappers, new-found economic prosperity and emerging technologies, immortalized by author F Scott Fitzgerald in the pages of the novel The Great Gatsby. Yet outside of popular literature, there were many real-life tycoons who amassed enormous wealth during the so-called Roaring 20s. Using Forbes’ 1918 Rich List, click through to see the 17 richest men and women of the era – who’d all be billionaires in today’s money.

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