The Rockefeller Empire Part 6 (of a 6 Part Series)

Policy Groups

Rockefeller had a lifelong association with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) when he joined as a director in 1949. In 1965, Rockefeller and other businessmen formed the Council of the Americas to stimulate and support economic integration in the Americas. In 1992, at a Council sponsored forum, Rockefeller proposed a “Western Hemisphere free trade area”, which became the Free Trade Area of the Americas in a Miami summit in 1994. He was also a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, including 1948, when Alger Hiss was president. Displeased with the refusal of Bilderberg Group meetings to include Japan, David formed the Trilateral Commission in July 1972.

David Rockefeller launches the International Executive Service Corps in the White House Rose Garden, 1964.

Besides this, David was a member, founder and funder of most of the elite policy-making bodies and think-tanks within the US elite entities. There are too many to mention here.

Headquarters of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York

In 1972, David formed the Trilateral Commission, and put Zbigniew Brzezinski in charge of it. The aim of this new body was to act as a “co-ordinating mechanism” for the power elite of North America, Europe and Japan to reach a common consensus of the major issues of the day- a sort of invisible government of the world. At its first meeting in Japan later that year, David introduced a young Georgian peanut farmer-turned state governor- as “the next President of America”. This was some 4 years before Jimmy Carter became the President!!

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations for more than 60 years and its chairperson for 15, Rockefeller was also a frequent target of conspiracy theorists because of his membership in secretive international policy groups such as the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group.

Central Intelligence Agency Ties

Rockefeller was acquainted with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Allen Dulles and his brother, Eisenhower administration Secretary of State John Foster Dulles—who was an in-law of the family. It was in Rockefeller Center that Allen Dulles had set up his WWII operational center after Pearl Harbor, liaising closely with MI6, which also had their principal U.S. operation in the Center. He also knew and associated with the former CIA director Richard Helms as well as Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt Jr., a Chase Bank employee and former CIA agent whose first cousin, CIA agent Kermit Roosevelt Jr., was involved in the Iran coup of 1953.  Also in 1953, he had befriended William Bundy, a pivotal CIA analyst for nine years in the 1950s, who became the Agency liaison to the National Security Council, and a subsequent lifelong friend.  Moreover, in Cary Reich’s biography of his brother Nelson, a former CIA agent states that David was extensively briefed on covert intelligence operations by himself and other Agency division chiefs, under the direction of David’s “friend and confidant”, CIA Director Allen Dulles.

Political Connections

Rockefeller traveled widely and met with both foreign rulers and U.S. presidents, beginning with Dwight D. Eisenhower. At times he served as an unofficial emissary on high-level business. Among the foreign leaders he met were Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev, and Mikhail Gorbachev.

In 1968, he declined an offer from his brother Nelson Rockefeller, then governor of New York, to appoint him to Robert F. Kennedy’s Senate seat after Kennedy was assassinated in June 1968, a post Nelson also offered to their nephew John Davison “Jay” Rockefeller IV. President Jimmy Carter offered him the position of United States Secretary of the Treasury but he declined. Rockefeller was criticized for befriending foreign autocrats in order to expand Chase interests in their countries. The New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote in 2002 that Rockefeller “spent his life in the club of the ruling class and was loyal to members of the club, no matter what they did.” He noted that Rockefeller had cut profitable deals with “oil-rich dictators”, “Soviet party bosses” and “Chinese perpetrators of the Cultural Revolution”.

Rockefeller once joked that he was the only Rockefeller of his generation who had to “work for a living”. He was either a chairperson, president or chief executive of Chase from 1957 to 1981, creating a global financial institution, travelling to 103 countries and meeting with dozens of presidents, kings and prime ministers. He accumulated about 150 000 names in an electronic Rolodex. Foremost a financier, Rockefeller was often a conduit for high-level diplomacy on his Chase trips, flying more than 5-million miles and meeting 200 heads of state in 35 years.

“Because I started sooner, I think I probably knew more heads of state than anyone else, possibly with the exception of Henry Kissinger, but maybe even including him,” Rockefeller said in a December 2003 interview.

South African Presidents Thabo Mbeki(L) and Cyril Ramaphosa(R)

The Media Empire

 The family have never been ones to leave public opinion to chance. That is why they have invested their charitable money so judiciously in education and religion. It would be naïve to think that the family would not exert every possible subtle and unsubtle influence over the nation’s media. Their modus operandi is to use leverage to maximise their investments in industry and finance. The same applies to religion. Education and the media.

They do not pour money into local school boards- rather into the schools that train the teachers, and they finance the writing of text books. Now that every public school and university is at the mercy of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (created by Nelson), the family could not care less about who controls the local school board. In the case of universities and colleges, the family foundations-allied with the Carnegie Foundation, funds the universities, their curriculum and the writing and content of text books. In short, it is Rockefeller education, staffed by Rockefeller men, and paid for with Rockefeller money. The University of Chicago is mainly responsible for the “dumbing down” of not only American students, but those students whose country’s education system is tied into the “progressive American education”.

In the field of religion, the money goes to key seminaries where ministers are trained. The family grabs the apex of whatever entity they wish to control. The influence of the CFR in the federal government is concentrated in the Executive Branch-the White House. This is where the action is – at the top. And so it is with the family control of the media. They go for the leaders in the field. John D used to send his agents out to bribe editors and buy up small newspapers, but that is very inefficient and antiquated in the electronic age. Now the local papers are dependant on wire services and syndicated columnists to fill their news.

 The family has made sure that the real movers and shakers in this field have been brought into the CFR. And so we have such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and all the big TV companies. To this, one should add the social media giants like Google and Facebook.

The involvement of the family with the media has multi-implications. One is that the family’s plans for a One World Government  is never discussed in the media. The media decides what the issues will be. They can turn on the poverty issue or turn it off. The same holds true for issues such as the population, crime, geopolitics, race, or health.

The media can take a person and turn him into an instant hero. Or take an enemy of the Rockefellers, and create an image that he is a danger, or an idiot. The use of psychology and propaganda  (brainwashing) was developed in the West in such places as the Rockefeller-financed Tavistok  Institute in Britain. Diabolical minds from various think tanks, such as the RAND Corp, the Hudson Institute , etc do manipulate public opinion. They refer to it as the “engineering of consent” That means we are made to think that the manacles they are slipping on our wrists are love bracelets.

With money, the family gained control of the media. With the media, the family gained control over public opinion.  With control over public opinion, they gained control of politics. And with control of politics, they are taking control of the nation. This is true for most countries in the world today.

The Philanthropy Route

Philanthropy is the essential element in the making of Rockefeller power. It gives the family a priceless reputation as public benefactors which the public values so highly that power over public affairs is placed in the hands of the family. Philanthropy generates more power than wealth alone could provide. At the beginning of the 20th century, the tactics the founder has used to build up Standard Oil made him the most hated man in America. Starting in 1901, he began to scrub his image by giving out shiny dimes, and building up a network of foundations over the next two decades.

The family would “give” money away to the foundations, and then have those foundations spend the money in ways which brought even more money and profits to the Rockefeller Empire. David’s father referred to this as the principle of “scientific giving”. Since foundations are tax-exempt, it helped to eliminate growing competition by imposing a tax burden on their competitors.. Another key motive behind these foundations is keeping control of wealth. In the foundation world where “not-for-profit” really means ‘not-for-taxation”, one exchanges ownership for control. The economic fraud perpetrated by the family through the foundation ploy is maddening, but what is worse is the political and social impact of these foundations which is so devastating. The family are using their foundations to increase their domination of global power.

Through its multiple foundations, the family invested its money where it would have the most influence and do the family the most good. And the chief beneficiaries of its “charities” have been the family itself. The easiest way to control or eliminate competitors is not to best them in the marketplace, but to use the power of the government to exclude them from the marketplace.  If you wish to control business, finance and natural resources on a national level, you must control the national government. If you and your allies want to establish a global monopoly, you must control a world government.

 David Rockefeller followed the family tradition, and was equally well known for his philanthropy. In 2006, he bequeathed $225-million to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, which he and his brothers established in 1940 to promote social change worldwide. The year before, he donated $100-million each to two New York institutions: the Museum of Modern Art, which was co-founded by his mother, and Rockefeller University, a medical-research school started by his grandfather. In 2008 he gave $100-million to his alma mater, Harvard University.

“The range of David Rockefeller’s business and philanthropic and political connections is perhaps unequaled,” said Ron Chernow, the author of Titan,” a 1998 biography of John D. Rockefeller.

David Rockefeller’s death closes a chapter in the family’s storied history. Known simply as “The Brothers”, David, Laurance, John, Nelson and Winthrop traversed the intersecting worlds of business, politics, philanthropy and the arts as no other US family had ever done. Their sister, Abby Rockefeller Mauze, known as “Babs”, died in 1976.

At Chase, he outlasted rivals, scandals, operational problems and board pressure to retire on schedule at age 65. Today, Chase is part of JPMorgan Chase & Co, the biggest US bank by assets after Chemical Banking acquired Chase in 1995. The combined company added JP Morgan & Co five years later and Bank One in 2004.

Pictured above is David, along with two of his key employees at the Federal Reserve- Alan Greenspan (standing) and Paul Volcker (seated); they are former heads of the Fed.

JP Morgan Merger

David Rockefeller manipulated the takeover of JP Morgan, which united the Rockefellers’ bank with the legendary bank of their only true early 20th-century rival for financial power, J Pierpont Morgan. He did it through an act of financial warfare. The reason? When the Federal Reserve System was established in 1913, the Rothschilds owned 66 % of the Fed, while the other 34% was owned by the Rockefellers. Of the 66 %, nearly a quarter- or 17%- was held by JP Morgan-a Rothschild bank.

 On 14th September, 2000, Saddam Hussein- Iraq’s ruler announced that all of Iraq’s oil sales would now be done in euros – and not the dollar-the currency of the enemy. This was suggested to Saddam by the Rothschilds. The Rockefellers did not take kindly to this. Saddam had just signed his own death warrant. No one, but no one, can be allowed to interfere with the role of the “petro-dollar”. Within 18 months the US invaded Iraq , and killed Saddam Hussein, his two sons and his key aides. By June 2003, Iraq was brought back into the petro-dollar system.

The CIA had some inkling of what the Rothschilds were doing with Saddam Hussein. They concocted a plan to bankrupt JP Morgan, through the use of derivatives. The plan succeeded, and, in October 2000, JP Morgan went bankrupt. It was purchased by Chase Manhattan Bank. With this, the Rockefeller Group now owned 51% of the Federal Reserve. They now had control!

The next plan concocted was to bring the Rothschild banking group “down to size”. Over the next 8 years, the sub-prime bubble grew, and mortgage-backed securities were sold to many banks around the world- but mainly to Rothschild group banks – especially Jacob Rothschild’s Alpha Group (that controlled about 10 of Europe’s largest banks). It all blew up in the 2008 stock market crash. The banks most affected by this were the European banks, and their governments, who had to borrow huge sums to keep Europe’s banks afloat. Another win for the Rockefeller Empire!

The World Trade Center

Rockefeller, as chairperson of the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association, and his brother Nelson, as governor, played key roles in developing the World Trade Centre and the Wall Street financial district in the 1960s and 1970s.They sought to boost the lower Manhattan office market as their father had, at their urging, worked to shore up Midtown during the Great Depression by building the Rockefeller Center complex. During their construction, the Twin Towers were often dubbed “David” and “Nelson” by the press.

Rockefeller, who watched the twin towers burn from his 56th-floor Rockefeller Center office on September 11 2001, was an honorary member of the panel to design a memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks.

 The cause of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon is in various articles on this site. But, one reason was the high vacancy rate of commercial properties in Manhattan. Do note that in March-April 2000, there was the collapse of the “dot-com bubble”. The resulting bankruptcies in this field led to many empty offices. Rents fell, property values fell. In order to maintain the value of commercial property in Manhattan, it was necessary to create a shortage. The best way to do that was to “eliminate” office space. Curiously, just a short while before, the Rockefellers sold the World Trade Center to a property developer. Another point to add here was that, in general, the North American commercial property market followed the trends in Manhattan. If property values fell in Manhattan, then they would fall all across North America. So, there was a financial benefit to the family.  And, so it happened, and a lot of vacant space was eliminated from the market; rents held, and so did property values.

The Bush Connection

Prescott Bush was the founder of the Bush dynasty. After serving in the army during World War 1, Prescott got a job in St Louis. In the meantime, a Rockefeller operator, Averell l Harriman wanted to open a new firm on Wall Street- a financial and intelligence-gathering firm of his own. So, he went to St Louis to meet George Herbert Walker, for whom President George Herbet Walker (“W”) Bush was named.

Walker has a thriving wholesale business, and had strong links to the Rothschild-linked banks on Wall Street. Harriman employed Walker to run the new firm. Called Harriman & Co. Percy Rockefeller funded the whole thing- he was the REAL owner.  Prescott Bush married Dorothy, the daughter of George Walker. Eventually, in 1926, Prescott joined his father-in-law in running this Wall Street firm.  In 1931 Harriman & Co merged with Brown Bros Harriman. It became a giant on Wall Street. From the early 1920s till 1945, the firm was involved in building up both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

 In October 1942, Washington seized the firm for trading with Nazi Germany. A fine was later paid, and this is how the Bush-Rockefeller alliance developed and grew. The Bush family fortune was made by the Hitler Project-the plan to put Hitler into power in Germany. The powerful Rockefeller family connections later propelled him into becoming the head of the CIA, and later the US President.

The Bill Gates Connection

In the mid-80s, Warren Buffet, main shareholder and boss of Berkshire Hathaway, was involved in a scandal involving a company he had bought earlier- Salomon Bros- a legendary Wall Street firm. Salomon Bros was involved in committing fraud in respect of bond purchases, and there was a possibility of the firm losing its licence. He turned to the Rockefellers, and for a sizeable stake in Berkshire, Warren Buffet managed to save his reputation and his firm billions. In short, Buffet was absorbed within the Rockefeller orbit.

In the mid-90s, Bill Gates, of Microsoft had developed software that would enable customers to do banking over the computer. This was seen as a threat to the traditional banking system, and so David got the US government involved, by launching an anti-trust case against Microsoft. The aim was to break up Microsoft into two parts. As was the case above, Bill Gates was given an option – give the Rockefeller family control of Microsoft or else. Bill Gates father, Gates Snr was involved with the Rockefeller’s Population Council. Between Gates Snr and Warren Buffet, Bill Gates was persuaded to play ball with the Rockefellers. He agreed, and since then, Gates was absorbed into the Rockefeller orbit. Bill Gates then changes his dress code, and began to fly by private jet. He also founded a foundation called the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and made a vow to donate his fortune to this foundation. Buffet became his mentor, and also promised to donate his fortune to the GatesFoundation too.

In the mid-200s, Gates was given new instructions: – get involved in vaccinations and population control. His new trajectory will make him an effective front man for the Rockefellers in this field.

Later Career

After the war and alongside his work at Chase, Rockefeller took a more active role in his family’s business dealings. Working with his brothers in the two floors of Rockefeller Center known as Room 5600, he reorganized the family’s myriad business and philanthropic ventures. The men kept regular “brothers’ meetings” where they made decisions on matters of common interest and reported on noteworthy events in each of their lives. Rockefeller served as secretary to the group, making notes of each meeting. Following the deaths of his brothers, Winthrop (1973), John III (1978), Nelson (1979), and Laurance (2004), David became sole head of the family (with the important involvement of his elder son, David Jr.).

Rockefeller ensured that selected members of the fourth generation, known generically as the cousins, became directly involved in the family’s institutions. This involved inviting them to be more active in the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the principal foundation established in 1940 by the five brothers and their one sister. The extended family also became involved in their own philanthropic organization, formed in 1967 and primarily established by third-generation members, called the Rockefeller Family Fund.

David was the first Rockefeller to unite the more than 100 descendants of John Sr. He was the organiser of annual family meetings at the Rockefeller estate at Pocantico Hills, which overlooks the Hudson River north of New York City. He encouraged his relatives’ philanthropic and educational efforts, such as his son David’s role as chairperson of the National Parks Foundation.

Rockefeller focused on managing family affairs after his Chase retirement. Since the 1940s the brothers held formal meetings, with David serving as secretary, that continued until the late 1970s.“The five of us had had widely diverging and, in some ways, conflicting interests,” he wrote, “but largely because of these regular get-togethers we maintained a basic respect and affection for one another, something that has not always been the case with other wealthy families.” In 1979, David, Laurance and the widows of John and Nelson organised Rockefeller & Co, an outgrowth of the family office started by their grandfather when he moved to New York from Cleveland a century earlier. The firm has since branched out as a wealth manager for clients not affiliated with the family.

He published Memoirs in 2002, the only time a member of the Rockefeller family has written an autobiography

Rockefeller Center

David Rockefeller estimated that his father lost $110-million in 20 years on his stake in Rockefeller Center, which was started in 1932 as a show of faith in the US economy. Rockefeller Center in Manhattan is a collection of 21 buildings. . In the 1980s, Rockefeller became embroiled in controversy over the mortgaging and sale of Rockefeller Center to Japanese interests. In 1985, the Rockefeller family mortgaged the property for $1.3 billion, with $300 million of that going to the family. In 1989, 51 percent of the property, later increased to 80 percent, was sold to Mitsubishi Estate Company of Japan. This action was criticized for surrendering a major U.S. landmark to foreign interests.

David later served as chairperson of Rockefeller Center Properties, which held the mortgage and worked to avert a mid-1990s financial collapse after its purchase by Japan’s Mitsubishi Estate. In January 1995, the 79-year-old Rockefeller flew to Japan to try to persuade Mitsubishi not to put the property in bankruptcy. He broke his leg walking into Mitsubishi’s offices, then stayed to plead his case before heading to the hospital for treatment. Three months later, the filing occurred anyway. A year later, Rockefeller bought the center back in partnership with Goldman Sachs. In 2001, the group sold it to New York developer Tishman Speyer Properties at a profit, ending seven decades of family control. In 2000, Rockefeller presided over the final sale of Rockefeller Center to Tishman Speyer Properties, along with the Crown family of Chicago, which ended the more than 70 years of direct family financial association with Rockefeller Center.

Rockefeller upheld the family’s philanthropic tradition, giving away more than $900-million during his lifetime. In 1940, he joined the board of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, established in 1901 by his grandfather, and a decade later succeeded his father as board chairperson, serving for 25 years. The institute was renamed Rockefeller University in 1965.

He endowed the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard and was chairperson of the school’s board of overseers.

Inheriting a love of art from his mother, Rockefeller amassed a collection of modern and impressionist works valued at more than $500-million in the early 1990s. After his mother’s death in 1948, he took her seat on the board of the Museum of Modern Art, serving more than 16 years as chairperson between 1958 and 1993.

Rockefeller remained sharp and agile into his 90s, going to the office daily at 10am and leaving at 5pm. He exercised at a gym twice a day before work and sometimes drank a glass of white wine with lunch.

Leadership of the family now falls upon the generation known as “The Cousins,” the great-grandchildren of John D Rockefeller. David Rockefeller said he was confident his six children and grandchildren would carry on the philanthropic and activist legacy of the family’s century-old fortune.

“If they will have learned the important things about life and how to lead it, that could be my greatest contribution,” Rockefeller said in a May 2007 interview. “I have reason to think that they will.”

Personal Life

In 1940, Rockefeller married Margaret “Peggy” McGrath, who died in 1996. They had six children, of whom the most important was the eldest, David Jr. He is now the head of the family. David Rockefeller Jr. (born July 24, 1941) – vice chairman, Rockefeller Family & Associates (the family office, Room 5600); chairman of Rockefeller Financial Services; Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation; former chairman of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Rockefeller & Co., Inc., among many other family institutions.

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 14: David Rockefeller Jr. attends the Berggruen Prize Gala at the New York Public Library on December 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Berggruen Institute)


Rockefeller died in his sleep from congestive heart failure on March 20, 2017, at his home in Pocantico Hills, New York. He was 101 years old.

Changing the World

There are questions to be asked about how one man – or family – can possibly come to accumulate such incredible wealth as that of the Rockefellers. And yes, there are aspects of John’s strategy that were aggressive and uncompetitive. However, this approach to making mergers and acquisitions is one that has since become a standard business practice – he was just the first to do it with such success. Through his willingness to do things differently, John laid the groundwork for an industry that is integral to the global economy, and an area of commerce that has spurred the development and innovation of countless others.

Rockefeller wrote of his grandfather with reverence, parrying old depictions of John D Rockefeller Sr as a greedy, ruthless robber baron. He defended Standard Oil’s industry monopoly. “That was grandfather’s greatest achievement: building the petroleum industry and, in the process, creating the modern corporation,” he wrote. “It was an organizational triumph that transformed the business world. ”More remarkable still is the impact the Rockefellers had on education, medical research, equality, social science and the arts. Their support has trickled down to so many different organizations, helping millions upon millions along the way. John alone gave away $540m throughout his lifetime, but the true cost of the family’s ongoing philanthropy is simply unknown.

There is much more we can write about this family, but I have made it easy, as the rest of this family’s history is inter-linked with various issues throughout the decades, especially in the field  of economics, finance, and geopolitics. These 6 parts has laid the foundations for a better understanding of the global power elite- headed by just 2 families and their allied networks of power.

Key events in the Rockefeller family history

  • 1839: John D Rockefeller was born on a farm in Richford, New York on July 8
  • 1859: With $2,000 in funds, John formed a partnership with Maurice B Clark
  • 1863: The two partners entered the oil business, creating a company called Andrews, Clark & Co
  • 1870: The Standard Oil Company was created with a capital of $1m
  • 1874: John Rockefeller’s son, John Jr, was born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1890: John’s donation of $600,000 helped fund the establishment of the University of Chicago
  • 1901: The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now Rockefeller University) was founded
  • 1906: John III, John Jr’s son, was born in New York City on March 21
  • 1911: The Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of the Standard Oil Company
  • 1915: David Rockefeller, the youngest child of John Jr, was born in New York City
  • 1946: David joined Chase Bank as an assistant manager in the foreign banking department
  • 1969: David was named Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank
  • 1994: The David Rockefeller Centre for Latin American Studies opened at Harvard University
  • 2000: The Rockefeller family’s ownership of Rockefeller Centre ended after being sold for $1.85bn
  • 2017: David died at the age of 101 in Upstate New York with a net worth of $3.3bn
  • 174 -The number of heirs to the Rockefeller fortune.

5 thoughts on “The Rockefeller Empire Part 6 (of a 6 Part Series)

  1. I have read all 6 series of the Rockefellor family. Very insightful, thoughtful and well written. More in depth research than any other book I have read. As I graduate of International Relations, it has given me a better understanding on past, present, and future geopolitical events. Your research is so pin point and accurate it makes me wonder about the source of such in depth information. I have read almost all your articles, was mused about the tragic events that happened in South Africa our home country, and the cause and effect of those events.

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  2. Thank you for this great series of articles. Can you explain, what is the Rockefeller’s role in conflict with Russia and China? What’s their position in introducing CBDC? These are very important issues that will begin of the new era of global social and economic direction that will have enormous impact on all people around the world.

  3. I have read first about the Rothschild and now this dynastic family. I’ve learned so much about how the world really works and it quite shocking to realise our politicians including leaders have no power! I intend to read all your articles and to spread the word. My one regret is that I did not discover you sooner. T hank you for opening my eyes.

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