David Rockafeller Dies At Age 101
Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller has died aged 101, a family spokesman has announced.
The influential banker and political spokesman was the chairman and chief executive of US banking giant Chase Manhattan throughout the 1970s.
Rockefeller, who reportedly gave away nearly $2 billion in his lifetime, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure at his home in Pocantico Hills, New York, spokesman Fraser Seitel said in a statement.
He was the last surviving grandson of oil tycoon John D Rockefeller and was the youngest of six children born to John D. Rockefeller Jr.
He was the guardian of his family’s fortune and head of a sprawling network of family interests, both business and philanthropic, that ranged from environmental conservation to the arts.
To mark his 100th birthday in 2015, Rockefeller gave 1,000 acres of land next to a national park to the state of Maine.
Despite never seeking public office – unlike his siblings – David Rockefeller wielded power and influence through other means.
Rockefeller’s wife, Peggy, died in 1996. They had six children and 10 grandchildren.