David Rockefeller (shown), the last of his generation of the fabled banking dynasty synonymous with wealth and power, died at the family’s sprawling country estate in Pocantico Hills, New York, on Monday, March 20. He was 101. The grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller, he was the youngest of five brothers, and the one destined to leave the biggest mark on the world.
The titles of news stories and obituaries announcing his passing refer to him as a banker, billionaire, businessman, and philanthropist. He was much more than that, but there has been little amongst the glowing tributes in the Rockefeller-friendly media to hint at his darker passions and accomplishments, particularly as they relate to his promotion of globalism and world government.
During the 1970s and 1980s, especially, David Rockefeller was considered by knowledgeable observers across the political spectrum to be the undisputed “chairman of the Eastern Establishment.“ In addition to being chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Trilateral Commission (TC), the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Americas Society, David Rockefeller was a director, trustee, and/or funder of numerous foundations, corporations, organizations, and think tanks. Fortune magazine put his personal net worth at about $3 billion in 2015. However, the Rockefeller family empire of companies, directorships, and foundations — not to mention David Rockefeller’s incomparable rolodex of personal contacts with presidents, prime ministers, poohbahs, and potentates — extended his influence far beyond his pecking order in the “personal net worth” game.
Typical of many obituaries, the one provided by the Associated Press described him as growing up “in a famous American family that taught its children that wealth brings great responsibility. Even as children, he and his siblings had to set aside portions of their allowances for charitable giving.” And, according to the AP account, "he embraced business and traveled and spoke widely as a champion of enlightened capitalism.”
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