Thursday, May 3, 2018

Throwback Thursday "John D. Rockefeller"

With all the news of the Peggy and David Rockefeller auction at Christie's next week, I thought it was fitting to show the man behind the Rockefeller history. We will be visiting the Christie's auction next week, as I had the privilege to view the amazing items. John Davidson Rockefeller Sr. was an American oil industry business magnate, industrialist, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time, and the richest person in modern history. John D. Rockefeller is the second-wealthiest figure of the modern period (net worth of $336 billion).

Mr. Rockefeller formally founded his most famous company, the Standard Oil Company, Inc., in 1870 as an Ohio partnership with William, Flagler, Andrews, Jabez A. Bostwick, and a silent partner, Stephen V. Harkness. He ran it until 1897.

Rockefeller's charitable giving began with his first job as a clerk at age 16, when he gave six percent of his earnings to charity, as recorded in his personal ledger. The Rockefeller family is well know for their charity work, and the proceeds of the Peggy and David Rockefeller auction will be going to their favorite charities.

Be sure to subscribe to the blog so you do not miss my visit to the Rockefeller auction at Christie's in New York. It was truly a remarkable visit, with some most amazing pieces of art that took my breathe away!

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