So who do you guys think the first millionaire was? Give up? It was Johann Jakob Astor. He was born in Walldorf on July 17, 1763. Walldorf is a town in Germany. He built a massive fur trading business and become rich off his success. He also was sort of a drug dealer. He was known to smuggle Opium. Last but not least he was a Realtor in New York. So overall you can say he was very successful in his life. On March 29, 1848 he died of natural causes giving his wealth to his family.