In terms of amount of wealth accumulated, Rockefeller is probably the most successful Industrialist of all time. Taking account of inflation, he was estimated by Forbes Magazine to be worth in excess of $650 billion in “2007 dollars”.

Rockefeller did more than anyone else to create the modern Petroleum Industry, yet still found time to pioneer “targeted” philanthropy on an immense scale. Through this, he was responsible for major advances in medicine, science and education. The Rockefeller Foundation’s legacy remains a potent force for good in the 21st Century, especially through its work in empowering women across the globe.