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John D. Rockefeller

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Definition U.S. industrialist who made a fortune in the oil business and gave half of it away (1839-1937)
  • John D. Rockefeller was the first billionaire in history.
  • She is the grand-daughter—" he told a string of lies slowly and portentously, "of John D. Rockefeller Mellon.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I never go to the office of Mr. John D. Rockefeller, who more than once has been generous to Tuskegee, without being reminded of this.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • We backed up to a gray old man who bore an absurd resemblance to John D. Rockefeller.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • "That ain't no Mister Eddy, man, that's John D. Rockefeller," someone said.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • John D. Rockefeller, 1839 Andrew Carnegie, 1835 Frederick Weyerhaeuser, 1834 Jay Gould, 1836 Marshall Field, 1834 George F. Baker, 1840 Hetty Green, 1834 James G. Fair, 1831 Henry H. Rogers, 1840 J.P. Morgan, 1837 Oliver H. Payne, 1839 George Pullman, 1831 Peter Arrell Brown Widener, 1834 Philip Danforth Armour, 1832 What's going on here?
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • ...from downtown, was home to Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the jewel of the neighborhood—Severance Hall The Georgian-style home of the Cleveland Orchestra—financed by John Long Severance, the son of John D. Rockefeller's treasurer—was hailed as an architectural triumph and had hosted its first concert in 1931, with conductor Nikolai Sokoloff leading a program that included Bach's Passacaglia and Brahms's First Symphony.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • ...flowed through the town and inundated its lower floors, the broad main street, the odorous and gleaming drugstore, scented to him with all the spices of his fancy, the hills and fields of Aiken, in South Carolina, where he sought vainly for John D. Rockefeller, a legendary prince who, he heard, went there for sport, marvelling that two States could join imperceptibly, without visible markings, and the cotton gin where he saw the great press mash the huge raw bales cleanly into tight...
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • No. Name Wealth in Billions (USD) Origin C o m p a n y or Source of Wealth John D. Rockefeller Andrew Carnegie Nicholas II of Russia 318.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • I discovered it and John D. Rockefeller stole the formula from me.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man

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