The Rockefeller Family: The Story Behind Their Wealth and Power

When you hear the name John D. Rockefeller, you probably associate it with money, considering he was the richest American in history and one of the wealthiest men of all time. His fortune at the time of his death in 1937 was estimated at $409 billion (adjusted for inflation, of course). That was approximately 2% of the entire United States economy. This number doesn’t take into account the massive donations he gave away and establishing the Rockefeller Foundation.


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Rockefeller inherited his mother’s pious beliefs and considered himself a religious man throughout his life. He took everything he learned to create Standard Oil, a massive company that, at one point, supplied 90% of the oil in America. Do you ever wonder how this ordinary man managed to monopolize an entire industry?

Here is the story of John D. Rockefeller, and his rise to the top.

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