Oil Tycoon John D. Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller was born on July 8, 1839 in Richford, New York. Rockefeller co-founded the Standard Oil Company, which was the first great business trust in the U.S. Along with contemporaries like Andrew Carnegie, Rockefeller also helped define modern philanthropy.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. John D. Rockefeller's first place of business was in a humble Cleveland building. 00:21

  2. John D. Rockefeller had a habit of donating dimes to encourage thrift. 00:47

  3. Hear John D. Rockefeller's last ever newsreel talk: 00:59

Written by Curiosity Staff July 2, 2015