Rockefeller, David

Rockefeller, David

(1915–  ) banker, philanthropist; born in New York City. A member of the famous and powerful family, brother of former New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, he graduated from Harvard in 1936 and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago four years later. He was secretary to New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in 1940–41, and joined Chase National Bank (now Chase Manhattan) after World War II, rising to be chief executive officer (1969–80) of what was then the nation's second largest bank. In that capacity, he worked to further American investment in developing countries; in 1981 he became chairman of Chase's International Advisory Committee. He wrote extensively on banking management, served as a senior executive of family-owned enterprises such as Rockefeller Center Properties, Inc., and, from 1951–70, chaired the Council on Foreign Relations. Deeply involved in philanthropic activities, he headed the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research for many years, and was said to enjoy beetle collecting as a favorite hobby.
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Rockefeller, David was the youngest--and last survivor--of five brothers, and the one destined to leave the biggest mark on the world.
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