David Rockefeller, a former banker, philanthropist and world’s oldest billionaire according to Forbes Magazine, died on Monday at age 101. He passed away peacefully at his family’s home in Pocantico Hills, New York. The cause of Rockefeller’s death was congestive heart failure.
His birthplace in the middle of Manhattan, where his family owned the largest private residence in New York, later became the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
David Rockefeller lost his five siblings decades ago and cremated one of his children who died in a 2014 plane crash.
Rockefeller’s fortune was estimaded at $3.2 billion – thus being “only” the 604th billionaire in the world, but rich enough to own several properties and a large private art collection.
A Harvard graduate, David Rockefeller used to donate millions of dollars for charity each year.
He confessed in an interview with Forbes that he had a wonderful life being convinced that material things can contribute to a pleasant life. However, he admited that without good friends and close relatives, life would be really empty and sad, and material things cease to be important.
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