The businessman David Rockefeller , famous for his immense fortune and charity, died Monday at 101 a year while sleeping at home, his spokesman said.
The grandson of John D. Rockefeller, co-founder of the oil company Standard Oil , later became the clan’s estate agent and head of a network of family interests, both commercial and philanthropic.
The well-known banker chaired for years Chase Manhattan Bank and was founder of the Trilateral Commission , created in 1973 and considered one of the most influential private organizations of the world. Forbesmagazine’s recent estimate put its current fortune at $ 3.3 billion , which placed it at 581 of the wealthiest people.
It is estimated that during his life he met with more than 200 leaders in more than 100 countries, where his arrival had practically the protocol of a state visit. However, he never postulated or sought public office.
He was also a strong defender of capitalism. ” American capitalism has brought more benefits to more people than any other system in any other part of the world in history.The problem is to verify that the system runs efficiently and honestly,” he said.
David’s childhood took place at his mansion in Tarrytown, Westchester, New York. Like all his brothers, he knew that he belonged to a powerful, different family, and so he was educated , without abandoning the traditional principles that his grandfather instilled so much.
Each of them emerged from their adolescence with a different vocation, although they all excelled. John III followed in the footsteps of his father as far as personality and entrepreneurial push is concerned. Nelson , the second of the family, was a well-known politician who was about to be president of the United States: he lost the Republican interns with Richard Nixon. However, he would manage to be Gerald Ford’s vice president after the Watergate scandal erupted and his former party rival should leave the White House.
In his book Memorias, published in 2014, he acknowledged: ” I have been very lucky to live this life that has touched me and, above all, to understand that the qualities of each person as a human being, most of the time, have nothing What to do with the framework in which life has placed them. “
He was a doctor of economics from the University of Chicago and a man committed to good causes, which has made him repeat on several occasions that he would like to be remembered, not for his fortune but for “the constructive things” he has done for the the rest.
His charity and other activities earned him the 1998 Presidential Medal of Freedom , the highest award ever given by the United States.
By its impulse and that of its older brother, John III, among others, were constructed the Twin Towers , that this way was nicknamed them during the first years of life. Construction was one of his passions. Not only for the artistic contribution they offered to their beloved New York, but also for the help it represented for the generation of jobs and as a roof for low-income families.
He was also president emeritus of the Museum of Modern Art of New York (MOMA), an entity created by his mother along with two other friends (Lillie P. Bliss and Mary Quinn Sullivan). “My own interest in art is due to my mother,” said the veteran billionaire, who had one of the most important art collections on the planet, with works by Picasso, Cezanne and Matisse.
Among the famous personalities he had a chance to meet, the magnate stood out for two, starting with South African Nelson Mandela : “For me one of the best men in the world and the most respected. An individual who suffered persecution, jail And humiliation, and he left without any resentment, ready to direct the fate of his nation.At the other end the answer is undoubtedly: Adolf Hitler .