John D. Rockefeller

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John D. Rockefeller

The name may ring a bell, but why?  John D. Rockefeller is considered, by many, to be the richest man in history.  He was the first person to be worth over a billion dollars thanks to his work in the oil industry.  Born in 1839, Rockefeller would join a partnership 1866 that would lead to the development of the Standard Oil company, one that would dominate the industry during the early years of mass gas and oil consumptions by the United States.  Rockefeller would also butt heads with Andrew Carnegie after dabbling in the steel industry.

The later 40 years of John D. Rockefeller's life were spent working on philanthropic ventures.  Many of the organizations he created would work with medical science.  Large sums of money were often donated to groups and universities.  He died in 1837.