David Rockefeller, the banker and philanthropist with the fabled family name who controlled Chase Manhattan Bank for over a decade and wielded vast influence around the world for as long as anyone can remember as he spread the message of American capitalism, passed away Monday morning at his N.Y. He was 101.
To celebrate the life and times of the man and the incredible legacy he left behind, here are 10 things you probably didn't know about David Rockefeller...
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1. David Rockefeller was born in New York City and grew up in a colossal eight-story house at 10 West 54th Street - the tallest private residence ever built in the city.
2. David, along with the rest of the Rockefellers, founded the Trilateral Commission.
3. Founding member of the Rockefeller dynasty, John D Rockefeller, celebrated the day he got his first ever job every year and revered it more than his actual birthday. This work ethic rubbed off David immensely.
4. David Rockefeller attended the experimental Lincoln School at 123rd Street in Harlem - an institution based on the educational philosophy of John Dewey.
5. Once upon a time, president Jimmy Carter offered him the position of United States Secretary of the Treasury but he turned the role down.
6. David's official net worth was estimated to be $3.1 billion, a number that ranked him among the 200 richest people in the world.
7. One of David Rockefeller's most precious assets came in the form of his outstanding art collection, which included everything from impressionist to postmodern pieces.
8. Despite his wealth and market expertise, back in 2009, he lost $700 Million from Stock and Real Estate Losses.
9. Ever the philanthropist, on his 90th birthday, David pledged $100 million to the Museum of Modern Art upon his death, plus $100 million to the Rockefeller University for capital improvements and graduate studies. He also pledged $100 million to Harvard upon his passing.
10. The Rockefeller family combined is worth a whopping $11 billion. Wow.
I can only say that I have had a wonderful life. - David Rockefeller