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David Rockefeller obituary

Chairman of Chase Manhattan bank and one of the US’s leading philanthropists

David Rockefeller, who has died aged 101, was the patriarch of the Rockefeller family and the last of the grandchildren of John D Rocke- feller, who founded Standard Oil and as the US’s first billionaire was at one point considered the world’s richest man.

Unlike his brothers Nelson, vice-president of the US and governor of New York, or Winthrop, governor of Arkansas, David never sought public office; indeed he even turned down Nelson’s offer to appoint him to fill Robert Kennedy’s Senate seat after Kennedy was assassinated.

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