John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) founded the
Company and became one of the wealthiest people (adjusted for inflation) in
human history. Though Rockefeller was frequently criticized for his aggressive
business tactics, the Rockefeller family devoted great energy to philanthropic and
public policy efforts. It included such
figures as Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-1979), who served as both governor
of New York and vice president of the United States (1974-1977).