The historic American family that has housed the most power, influence and wealth in the United States, has the last name Rockefeller. Just like its flagship symbol, the complex of buildings that rises on the island of Manhattan, in New York.
The main entrance of the building is guarded by a gigantic bronze sculpture of Atlas. And every Christmas he leaves an iconic image of the hand of someone famous like Lady Gaga or Aretha Franklin. I turn on the lights on the tree, next to the skating rink that they set up around the same square of the building, according to The world.
The heirs of the magnate, John D. Rockefeller, (1839-1937), the surname with which the star building was baptized, had a life full of luxuries, although their lives were not free of misfortunes and scandals.
His firstborn, John D. Rockefeller Jr, He lived in a 1,800-meter triplex at 740 Park Avenue, still considered the most exclusive residential building in the world built by James T. Lee, grandfather of Jackie Kennedy, the widow of President John F. Kennedy.
Currently, if someone wants to live in an apartment in this building, they will have to buy it by paying at once, this is what the community of owners requires and they add to this that they will have to amass a minimum liquidity of 100 million dollars in the bank.
This family’s money did not save the magnate’s son from being an inveterate stingy. When he asked Winston Churchill to write the family biography, he refused to pay him the $250,000 he asked for. The task ended up falling to a historian from Columbia University.
Rockefeller had six children, Abby, John, Nelson, Laurance, Winthrop and David, who diversified their dollars in banks, electricity, media and real estate, increasing the family wealth by leaps and bounds without forgetting the patriarch’s mantra: “Earn what you can, save what you can, and share what you can.”
The most interesting of the children was Nelson, who became vice president of the United States (1974-1977) during the Republican mandate of Gerald Ford. The death of the vice president was echoed in the tabloid press, when he died of a heart attack in his office in 1979, at the age of 70, according to the official version.
Nelson’s death became the talk of the media after the statement of his secretary, Megan Marshack, 25, who confirmed that they had had sex moments before his death.
The highlight for this family was when Nelson’s youngest son, Michael, a passionate anthropologist of the tribes of New Guinea, disappeared in that country at the age of 23 in 1961. Nearby sources indicated that it had been fed to cannibals.