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Heir David Rockefeller Dead At 101 – Photos Of His House And Estate

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March 20, 2017 by Billionaire Addresses

Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller, former head of Chase Manhattan Corp and patriarch of one of the most famous and influential American families, died on Monday, a family spokesman said. He was 101.

Rockefeller, who reportedly gave away nearly $2 billion in his lifetime and currently worth $3 billion, “died peacefully in his sleep” of congestive heart failure at his home in Pocantico Hills, New York, spokesman Fraser Seitel said in a statement.

David Rockefeller in front of his home on Hudson Pines Farm

David Rockefeller stands in front of his beloved home, Hudson Pines.

Overview of the main area of the Rockefeller estate named Kykuit. The mansion sits on the 250 acre estate overlooking the Hudson River

Overview of the main area of the Rockefeller estate named Kykuit. The mansion sits on the 250 acre estate overlooking the Hudson River

 

One of the few remaining links to the U.S. “gilded” era of robber barons, he was the son of John D. Rockefeller Jr., who developed New York’s Rockefeller Center, and was the last living grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil and the family dynasty. He also embodied an era when globe-trotting bank chiefs worked with the world’s most powerful politicians.

 

Nelson Rockefeller, bequeathed upon his death his one-third interest in the estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As a result, Kykuit is now open to the public for tours conducted by Historic Hudson Valley.

Nelson Rockefeller, bequeathed upon his death his one-third interest in the estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As a result, Kykuit is now open to the public for tours conducted by Historic Hudson Valley.

 

During his time as head of Chase from 1969 to 1981, Rockefeller forged such a network of close relationships with governments and multinational corporations that observers said the bank had its own foreign policy.

 

This is the home on the Rockefeller estate that is actually used for gatherings. This is where Richard Rockefeller celebrated his grandfathers 99th birthday Thursday, the night before his death.

This is the house on the Rockefeller estate that is actually used for gatherings. This is where Richard Rockefeller celebrated his grandfathers 99th birthday Thursday, the night before his death.

 

The Rockefeller name came to symbolize unpopular U.S. banking policies in debtor countries, and Rockefeller was scorned on the left for working with Chile’s Augusto Pinochet and the shah of Iran.

 

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The house of David Rockefeller on the family estate. He was found dead in the home this morning at the age of 101.

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Rockefeller became embroiled in an international incident when in 1979 he and long-time friend Henry Kissinger helped persuade President Jimmy Carter to admit the shah of Iran to the United States for treatment of lymphoma, helping precipitate the Iran hostage crisis.

 

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David Rockefeller house on the family estate.

 

Rockefeller was born in Manhattan as the youngest of six siblings. His brother, NelsonRockefeller, served as vice president under U.S. President Gerald Ford after being elected as governor of New York for four terms starting in 1959. David Rockefeller’s nephew, JayRockefeller, was a longtime U.S. senator from West Virginia.

 

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The front of David Rockefeller’s House on the Rockefeller family estate named Kykuit.

 

David Rockefeller spent his childhood in New York City and at the family’s estates, and recalled meeting such luminaries as Charles Lindbergh, Admiral Richard Byrd and Sigmund Freud. His ties to the internationally famous continued throughout his adulthood, symbolized by his famed 100,000-card Rolodex, housed in its own room next to his office in Manhattan’s RockefellerCenter. 

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David Rockefeller’s house is not only part of the 3400 acre family estate, named Kykuit, but this part of the estate (David’s) is known as Hudson Pines Farm.

The site of the nine-story mansion where he was born, then New York’s largest residence, is now part of the Museum of Modern Art, which his mother, Abby, helped found in 1929.Rockefeller collected beetles as a lifelong hobby and also acquired art – a Mark Rothko painting he bought in 1960 for less than $10,000 was auctioned for more than $72 million in May 2007.

 

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David Rockefeller’s farm, Hudson Pines, is just one part of the 3,400 acre estate. (Circled)

His fortune, investments in real estate, share of family trusts and other holdings were estimated at $3.3 billion in March 2017 by Forbes magazine. Seitel said Rockefeller had donated nearly $2 billion in his lifetime to organizations including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Rockefeller University.

 

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Higher aerial view of David Rockefeller’s house on the edge of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, NY.

 

In May 2015, he made a rare public appearance in Maine to mark his approaching 100th birthday by donating 1,000 acres (405 hectares) for preservation on exclusive Mount Desert Island.

 

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A closer look at the “activities house” on the Rockefeller estate.

Rockefeller established several international and philanthropic associations: the Americas Society, the weighty Trilateral Commission to promote cooperation between North America, Europe and Japan, and the New York City Partnership to help the city’s poor.Chase Manhattan grew from a $4.8 billion institution in 1946 when he joined to a bank with $76.2 billion in assets when he stepped down in April 1981. But it slipped from its standing then as No. 3 in the world and was purchased by Chemical Bank of New York in 1996. Today it is part of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Another angle of the main mansion of the John D. Rockefeller Estate which is known as one of America's most famous private residences.

Another angle of the main mansion of the John D. Rockefeller Estate, named ‘Kykuit’,  which is known as one of America’s most famous private residences.

 

He published his autobiography, “Memoirs,” in 2002 and continued going to work every day into his 90s. He also remained a lifelong member of the moderate “Rockefeller Republicans” wing of that party, including his 2006 co-founding of Republicans Who Care, to support the party’s moderates.

 

The main mansion of the Rockefeller estate named Kykuit. The mansion is in the Classical Revival Georgian style.

The main mansion of the Rockefeller estate named Kykuit. The mansion is in the Classical Revival Georgian style.

 

Rockefeller earned a degree from Harvard University in 1936 and did graduate work at the London School of Economics, where he met future President John F. Kennedy and dated his sister Kathleen. He was awarded a Ph.D in economics from the University of Chicago in 1940. 

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Close-up of David Rockefeller house ‘Hudson Pines’ on the Rockefeller Estate.

Rockefeller’s principal residence was at “Hudson Pines”, on the family estate in Pocantico Hills, New York. He also had a Manhattan residence at East 65th Street, as well as a country residence (known as “Four Winds”) at a farm in Livingston, New York (Columbia County), where his wife raised Simmenthal beef cattle.  He also maintained a summer home on Mount Desert Island off the Maine coast. In May 2015, as part of celebrations to mark his 100th birthday, Rockefeller donated one thousand acres of land in Seal Harbor to the Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve. The lands to be transferred stretch from the Preserve’s present property on Eliot Mountain, eastward to Barr Hill and the Stanley Brook Road, with the exception of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden and some other properties, which will be made public in the future.

The Kykuit area of the family estate is the location of The Pocantico Conference Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF)—set up by David and his four brothers in 1940—which was created when the Fund leased the area from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1991. Known as the “Playhouse”, it provides a setting where the Fund and other nonprofit organizations and public sector institutions can bring together people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives to engage on critical world issues.

Another Rockefeller tragedy – David’s son Richard, was killed June 13, 2014 when the plane he was flying crashed in dense fog and steady rain 10 minutes after taking off from the Westchester County Airport.
Rockefeller’s wife, Peggy, died in 1996. They had six children and 10 grandchildren.

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