American oil billionaire, financier and founder of Standard Oil, the precursor of, inter alia, Exxon-Mobil. Born at Richford New York, after a few years as an assistant book keeper, at 19 he bought a share in a produce commission firm. He and his partner invested $1,600 in support of a new oil-refining process, which proved enormously successful. Rockefeller gave away around half his wealth and in today’s currency would be two or three times wealthier than the world’s richest individual.

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