Descendant of one of the greatest capitalists in American history is worth $200 million more this year on gains in real estate, art; modern and contemporary collection includes Monet, Matisse, Renoir. Grandfather turned $4,000 in oil refining into Standard Oil, oil and gas giant that fueled American industrial revolution. Company broken up in landmark antitrust case 1911; much of Standard Oil lives on as ExxonMobil. At annual meeting Rockefeller family members demanded ExxonMobil adopt greener measures. Bequeathed $100 million to alma mater Harvard to fund study abroad and arts programs; largest ever alumnus donation. Nonagenarian has visited 10 countries in past year.
The youngest of six siblings, David Rockefeller was born in Manhattan on June 12, 1915. His father, John D. Rockefeller Jr., the only son of the oil titan, devoted his life to philanthropy. His mother, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, was the daughter of Nelson Aldrich, a wealthy senator from Rhode Island.
Besides Nelson, born in 1908, the other children were Abby, who was born in 1903 and died in 1976 after leading a private life; John D. Rockefeller III, who was born in 1906 and immersed himself in philanthropy until his death in an automobile accident in 1978; Laurance, born in 1910, who was an environmentalist and died in 2004; and Winthrop, born in 1912, who was governor of Arkansas and died in 1973.
Besides his son David, he is survived by his daughters, Abby Rockefeller, Neva Goodwin, Peggy Dulany and Eileen Growald; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Another son, Richard, died in 2014 at 65 when the small plane he was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff from Westchester County Airport.