David Rockefeller, philanthropist and banker - obituary

David Rockefeller has died aged 101

Rockefeller died of congestive heart failure on Monday in his home in Pocantico Hills, New York, according to the family's spokesman. He also oversaw the growth of Chase Manhattan's operations in the Middle East, Latin America and Japan, Seitel said.

He was the last former member of the unofficial royal family of America, and had admitted that if he was accused of conspiracies to bring about a "one world order", then he is proud and guilty as charged. Seitel said Rockefeller had donated almost $2 billion in his lifetime to organizations including the Museum of Modern Art in NY and Rockefeller University.

As the youngest and last surviving grandson of Standard Oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, David inherited the fabled Rockefeller fortune and wielded great power and influence during his lifetime.

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His brother, Nelson Rockefeller, served as the Governor of NY and Vice President of the USA under Gerald Ford in the mid-1970s.

The bank later became JPMorgan Chase, one of the world's largest financial institutions.

In his role of business statesman, Rockefeller preached capitalism at home and favored assisting economies overseas on grounds that bringing prosperity to the Third World would create customers for American products.

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He published his autobiography, "Memoirs", in 2002 and continued going to work every day into his 90s. He gave $100 million to both The Museum of Modern Art, which was co-founded by his mother, Abigail Greene Aldrich Rockefeller, in 1929, and Rockefeller University, Bloomberg reported.

To mark his 100th birthday in 2015, he gave 1,000 acres of land next to a national park to Maine.

From 1940 to 1941 he was secretary to New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and in 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in military intelligence in North Africa and France.

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