US billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller dies at 101

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David Rockefeller was the youngest of five sons of John D Rockefeller Jr

Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller has died in his sleep at his home in Poncantico Hills, New York, a spokesman said. He was 101 years old.

Mr Rockefeller, the last of his generation in the famed American family, was the grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D Rockefeller.

The centenarian was at the helm of his family’s fortune, controlling both philanthropic and business interests.

He was the youngest of five sons of John D Rockefeller Jr.

Though he never sought political office, he had two brothers who served in government.

Nelson Rockefeller served as governor of New York and briefly as US vice-president while Winthrop Rockefeller was the governor of Arkansas.

David Rockefeller graduated from Harvard in 1936 and received a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago in 1940.

He then served in the army World War Two before working at Chase Bank, which later became JP Morgan Chase.

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