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John D. Rockefeller

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John D. Rockefeller

Founder of the Standard Oil Company


Who was John D. Rockefeller?

John D. Rockefeller was an American industrialist and philanthropist. He was the founder of the Standard Oil Company which became the first great U.S. business trusts. Standard Oil would go on to make Rockefeller the richest man in the world and the first to reach a billion dollars.

Black Gold

Rockefeller once said, God gave me my money. But in reality, it was oil that gave Rockefeller his billions. By the time of the Civil War, whale oil had become too expensive for the majority of Americans to use to light their homes. The petroleum boom in western Pennsylvania created a cheap alternative and Rockefeller was there at the beginning to exploit it.

The Rockefeller Billions

Rockefeller is said to have amassed a fortune that in today's dollars would be worth well over $600 billion dollars. To put that in perspective, the richest person in the world today is Mexico's Carlos Slim with a total net worth of around $69 billion.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for John D. Rockefeller

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Zach Snyder

Filmmaker

16th cousin 4 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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Zach Snyder

Filmmaker

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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Zach Snyder

Filmmaker

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Edmund Fitzalan

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Zach Snyder

Filmmaker

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Michael de la Pole

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Zach Snyder

Filmmaker

15th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Lionel de Welles

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Sarah Palin

9th Governor of Alaska

14th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Robert Hungerford

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Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

President and CEO of I.B.M.

14th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Robert Hungerford

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Michael Lookinland

TV Actor

16th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Edmund Ferrers

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Michael Lookinland

TV Actor

16th cousin 3 times removed
via Katherine Pabenham

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Michael Lookinland

TV Actor

16th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Thomas Mowbray

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

19th cousin 2 times removed
via William de Ros

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Bartholomew de Badlesmere

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Eudo la Zouche

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

16th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Michael de la Pole

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

16th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir John Howard

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Isabella de Beauchamp

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Parker Stevenson

TV and Movie Actor

16th cousin 3 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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Parker Stevenson

TV and Movie Actor

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Alice de Audley

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Parker Stevenson

TV and Movie Actor

7th cousin 4 times removed
via James Morgan

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Parker Stevenson

TV and Movie Actor

16th cousin 2 times removed
via Elizabeth Fitzalan

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Parker Stevenson

TV and Movie Actor

16th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Edmund Ferrers

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Parker Stevenson

TV and Movie Actor

16th cousin 2 times removed
via Katherine Pabenham

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DuBose Heyward

Author of Porgy (Porgy & Bess)

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Gilbert Talbot

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