John D. Rockefeller

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John D. Rockefeller

A famous American industrialist. He started his career in foodstuffs, but constructed an oil refinery with a partner in 1859. He co-founded Standard Oil in 1870, and by 1880 had virtually monopolized oil refining in the United States. He was known for his heavy-handed business tactics, including corporate espionage and buying out competitors. Rockefeller's supporters contend that he improved efficiency and made oil accessible to the general public in the age of industrialization. His critics claim that he hurt small businesses and was guilty of unethical business dealings. In later life, he became a noted philanthropist. He lived from 1839 to 1937, and is regarded as perhaps the richest person who ever lived.
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Mr. Rockefeller says, quote: It is my hope that future employees in the region will focus on the economic value of an intact and healthy forest system, unquote, and further: "Certainly it should be possible for Alaska to create more jobs in the tourism, small business and conservation-based business sectors."
Governor Cuomo, like Mr. Rockefeller, has turned increasingly to off-budget public authorities to conduct whatever borrowing he desires--regardless of public opinion.
Little did Louis realize that the building he purchased at 153 East 54th Street was, at the time, literally on the 'wrong side of the tracks': Mr. Rockefeller lived to the west side of Park Avenue which, at the time, was an open pit for the railroad tracks to Grand Central Station.
And say what you like about Mr. Rockefeller, or whoever he is - he had to have a certain amount of charm to do the things he has done.
As chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank for many years, Mr. Rockefeller was banker to the world's elite, with unparalleled access to presidents, prime ministers, dictators, and kings.
A spokesperson for David Rockefeller said1 "It's Mr. Rockefeller's view that the buildings have been improved and have been enhanced, and the quality has increased of the buildings.
In addition, Mr. Rockefeller is the founder and honorary chairman of the Trilateral Commission, as well as a continuing power within the Council on Foreign Relations (he was CFR chairman for 15 years) and a major financial angel of the Institute for International Economics, all of which have been at the forefront of the push to establish sovereignty-eroding regional trade pacts.