David Rockefeller, grandson of tycoon John D. Rockefeller, died in his sleep at the age of 101. He was the world’s oldest living billionaire.
Here’s a quick-snap of his impressive list of life highlights via Bloomberg Business News:
He was also a confidant of world leaders, from Deng Xiaoping in China to Nelson Mandela in South Africa, from the shah of Iran to Henry Kissinger. Rockefeller famously asked President Jimmy Carter to let the deposed shah come to the U.S. for medical treatment, leading to the seizure of American hostages in Tehran from 1979 to 1981.
Rockefeller was equally well known for his philanthropy. In 2006, he bequeathed $225 million to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which he and his brothers established in 1940 to promote social change worldwide. The year before, he donated $100 million each to two New York institutions: the Museum of Modern Art, which was co-founded by his mother, and Rockefeller University, a medical-research school started by his grandfather.
“No individual has contributed more to the commercial and civic life of New York City over a longer period of time than David Rockefeller,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. “During my time in City Hall, he was always there for the city when we called,” said Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.
In 2008 Rockefeller gave $100 million to his alma mater, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Rockefeller attended Harvard and later served on its Board Of Overseers from 1954-1968, perfectly coinciding with the Ivy heyday.
Speaking of which, his son David Jr. naturally attended Harvard as well, and during the heyday. He was a member of the school’s oldest a cappella group, the Krokodiloes. David Jr. is currently 75; the last Wikipedia entry for him indicates he was remarried in 2008. — CC