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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity of Fossil Fuels

(The New York Times)
Photo: Boston Public Library


As the biographer Ron Chernow wrote of John D. Rockefeller Senior: "What makes him problematic -- and why he continues to inspire ambivalent reactions -- is that his good side was every bit as good as his bad side was bad. Seldom has history produced such a contradictory figure." = He was a shrewd, shady billionaire boss who abjured both hard drink and tobacco. He became staggeringly rich foremost from Standard Oil corporate stock. Why, it's ironic how passionate he was over philanthropy (i.e. noted universities, museums etc.) for decades in his dotage.
(by Jason Lofts)