John D. Rockefeller


Birthday July 8, 1839

Birth Sign Cancer

Birthplace Richford, NY

DEATH DATE May 23, 1937 (97)

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Billionaire and co-founder of Standard Oil Company, the first formidable U.S. business trust. He was a noted philanthropist.

Before Fame

He worked as a bookkeeper for a produce commission firm.


He was often considered the wealthiest person in history, even after adjustments were made for inflation. In 1916, he became America's first billionaire.

Family Life

He married Laura Celestia Spelman and had five children with her.

Associated With

He entrusted his only son John Rockefeller Jr. with his oil empire and foundations.