Billionaire Businessman David Rockefeller dies at 101

Billionaire Businessman David Rockefeller dies at 101

David Rockefeller, grandson of industrialist John D. Rockefeller and former president of Chase Manhattan Bank, has died at 101.

The banker died peacefully in his sleep in his home in Pocantico Hills on Monday morning according to his spokesman Fraser P Seitel.

David was the youngest of six children born to John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller. He was also a philanthropist giving $225 million to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in 2006, $100 million each to NY institutions in 2005 and $100 million to his alma mater, Harvard University in 2008.

On his 100th birthday in 2015, he donated 1,000 acres of land next to a national park to the state of Maine. From Washington to New York City government to capitals around the world, his influence was far flung and included banking, education and the art world.

Nelson Rockefeller served as governor of NY and briefly as USA vice-president while Winthrop Rockefeller was the governor of Arkansas. But it slipped from its standing then as No. 3 in the world and was purchased by Chemical Bank of NY in 1996. Now JPMorgan Chase & Co., it is the United States' largest bank by assets.

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He published his autobiography, "Memoirs", in 2002 and continued going to work every day into his 90s.

In Ron Chernow's 1998 biography of David Rockefeller, called "Titan", Chernow wrote, "The range of David Rockefeller's business and philanthropic and political connections is perhaps unequaled". He was awarded a Ph.D in economics from the University of Chicago in 1940.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in World War II in various places, including North Africa and southwestern France, rising to the rank of captain.

Rockefeller's wife, Peggy, died in 1996. They had six children.

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