In 1876 Henry Ford (Michigan, 1863 – Michigan, 1947) saw something that would change his life: a moving vehicle powered not by horses, but by steam. He remained fascinated by technology his entire life and built his first car in 1896. He twice started automobile companies that went bankrupt, but the third one, the Henry Ford Motor Company, was successful. So successful, in fact, that Henry Ford is in the top 10 of wealthiest men ever. A lesser known fact is that in 1914 Henry Ford published a prescient book about the dangers of smoking, The Case Against the Little White Slaver.