You Can’t Take It with You: The Life &
Afterlife of 6 Great American Fortunes

with Eric Schoenberg / Online

Last summer, Jeff Bezos became the first American ever worth $200 billion, just one of the many enormous fortunes marking America’s second gilded age. In these sessions we will explore the stories of six of the greatest fortunes of the first gilded age to examine why and how such great fortunes get created, as well as what happens to them after their creators are gone. 

6 Online Sessions


Sept 22 – Dec 8, 2021

7:00pm – 8:15pm EST


Session 1: SEPT 22

Railroad Baron Mark Hopkins:
A Man Without A Plan

Session 2: OCT 6

Inventor Isaac Singer:
Oh What A Tangled Web We Weave

Session 3: OCT 20

Retailer-to-the-Rich Charles L. Tiffany: The Black Sheep

Session 4: NOV 3

Quinine King William Weightman: Daughters & Lovers

Session 5: DEC 1

The Johns D. Rockefeller:
Like Father, Like Son

Session 6: DEC 8

Timber Lord Wellington Burt:
Dead Hand Control

Meet the moderator

Eric Schoenberg

Eric Schoenberg is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Psychology Department of Columbia University with a research focus on the psychology of money, intergenerational wealth transfers and behavior in financial markets, particularly asset market bubbles. He has taught classes in behavioral economics, decision making, family wealth and leadership at Wharton, Columbia Business School, Stern School of Business, and the Haas Business School. Previously, he was Managing Director and Chief Knowledge Officer of Broadview International, a boutique investment bank offering merger and acquisition advisory services to Information Technology companies. Before that, he served as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State. Learn more.