These days, David Rockefeller successfully transplanted his 7th new heart, after the last week’s failed operation. By this 7th transplantation, he set the new record for heart transplants, as he had done more operations than any other man in the world. Although, according to Forbes’s list, he is not the richest man, he is one of the wealthiest people in the world, with a net worth estimated at $3 billion. When he was young, he was working as banker, chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation.
And this is what he told to the reporters: “Every time I get a new heart, it is like the breath of life is swept across my body. I feel re energized and alive.”
David Rockefeller was born in 1915 in New York City. He spend his childhood’s days with 9 stories, which is the private residence with the greatest height in New York. The house where he lived was very luxurious. The 7th floor for example, was an art gallery for his mother. There were also a lot of treasure with medieval, ancient and Renaissance ornaments. Nowadays, the house is turned into a part of the Museum of Modern Art.
He is the oldest of the Rockefeller Dynasty and he is the father of the family since 2004.
The family estate, At Kykuit, has experienced a lot of visits by his father’s associates, among which there were the adventurer Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, General George C. Marshall, the aviator Charles Lindbergh and a lot of others. They also had another house in Seal Harbor, the Eyrie, in which there were 100 rooms. He spent most of his summer vacations there. Later, that house too was turned into a art of the Museum of Modern Art.
He first worked as an assistant manager in the Foreign Department of the Chase National Bank, that was also related with his family. Having this job, he was in contact with around 1.000 banks around the whole world. Moreover, financing the trade with many countries for goods such as sugar, coffee and some metals.
He climbed his way slowly and in 1960 he was promoted to president.
Between 1969 and 1980, David worked as a chief executive and chairman, and from 198o until 1981, he worked just as a chairman. He was also the biggest personal shareholder there, as he was holding 1.7% of the bank’s shares.
In 1954 he was responsible for the decision about the place of the new headquarters of the bank, and just the following year, the bank’s location was set to be Wall Street. Just by 1960, the building has been completed and it has been considered as the biggest bank in the world with 60 stories upwards and 5 floors underground, which was also the biggest bank vault during that time.
David Rockefeller, as well as a couple of other businessmen, were the founders of The Chase International Advisory Committee, which was established in the 60s of the last century. In this committee, until 2005, there were around 28 businessmen from many different countries (19), and also, some of them were Rockefeller’s personal friends.
David was the president of that organization until 1999. Today, the chairman of the organization is Tony Blair. Some of the people that were part of it were Gianni Agnelli, John Loudon, C. Douglas Dillon, David Packard, Lee Kuan Yew, Henry Ford II and a lot of others.
Chase International had become the most powerful committee of finances in the whole world.
This committee has around 50.000 bank correspondents, which is more than any other bank in the world. Also, it built the 1st bank USA has ever placed in Russia, in Moscow. This happened in 1973, which was the year that was marked with David’s trip to China, his bank’s new role in Chinese finances as it became the National Bank of China’s first correspondent bank in USA.
But, like in everyone else’s life, there were also troubles in David’s life. In 1979, he took part in one international incident, when together with John J. McCloy and Henry Kissinger told the president of that time, Jimmy Carter, to bring Iran’s Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, into USA’s hospitals, in order to be treated of lymphoma.
This incident was known as the Iran hostage crisis. New York Times, together with some other media, were very aggressive against Rockefeller, during that period.
Since Dwight D. Eisenhower, Rockefeller has been introduced with every USA President and periodically he was also an emissary in diplomatic missions, but unofficially.
Forbes places Rockefeller between the 200 richest people in the whole world, with a net worth estimated $3 billion. With the rise and development of the medicine and technology, although he has 101 year, he can live for many more years.