Earlier this year, we brought you The Most Exclusive Members-Only Clubs In Manhattan, but now we stand corrected. The most exclusive members-only club is the enigmatic Zodiac Club, which has been in existence since 1868, yet is virtually unknown outside of the NYC historians and scholars. Check out the slideshow to learn more about the fraternity of twelve that has existed behind a curtain of elite secrecy. These industry titans have ruled the country from the tables of Manhattan clubhouses from the dawn of the first Gilded Age, through the crash of 1929, past the two World Wars into the New Gilded Age.

See also: [The Most Exclusive Members-Only Clubs In Manhattan]

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