AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 8:00pm

John D. Rockefeller, Sr., circa 1909, the world’s first billionaire.

Hear the story of the billionaire who changed forever the way America did business. For decades, the Rockefeller name was despised in America — associated with John D. Rockefeller Sr.’s feared monopoly, Standard Oil. The world’s first billionaire, Rockefeller held 90 percent of the world’s oil refineries, 90 percent of the marketing of oil and a third of all the oil wells. Working methodically and secretly, he transformed an industry. Though Rockefeller’s only son dedicated his life to redeeming the family reputation, and Rockefeller had given away half his fortune by the end of his life, his philanthropy couldn’t erase the memory of his predatory business practices. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER airs Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

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