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David Rockefeller is the current patriarch of the Rockefeller family. He is the youngest and only surviving child of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and only surviving grandchild of billionaire oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil.  The Rockefeller family is an American industrial, banking and political family dynasty. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, John D., Sr. (1839-1937) and his brother William Rockefeller (1841-1922) amassed the largest private fortune in history, primarily through Standard Oil. The family is also known for its long association with and financial interest in the Chase Manhattan Bank, now JP Morgan Chase.
Mr. Rockefeller is a graduate of Harvard College and completed a Ph. D. at the University of Chicago. He has authored several publications including Unused Resources and Economic Waste (1940), Creative Management in Banking (1964), and Memoirs (2002). His daughters are Abby Rockefeller and Peggy Dulany.
Chase Manhattan Bank
Mr. Rockefeller served as an officer of Chase Manhattan Bank from 1946 to 1981. He was chairman and chief executive officer from 1969 until 1980, and as chairman until his retirement in 1981 and chairman of the bank's international advisory committee from 1981 to 1999. Mr. Rockefeller was a a member of the international council of J.P. Morgan Chase until 2005.
NAFTA & FTAA
Mr. Rockefeller has influenced U.S. and Latin American relations for five decades, through both Democratic and Republican administrations. He was instrumental in the design, promotion and implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the proposed Free Trade Area of Americas (FTAA). In an April 23, 1992 address to the Forum of the Americas, George H. W. Bush paid public homage:
- "David, thank you, sir. And thank you for your really vital work in rallying the private sector and congressional support for the North American Free Trade Agreement... And let me say to his many friends here that David's personal involvement has been a major factor in the success we've enjoyed so far." 
Mr. Rockefeller is also a co-director of the Bilderberg society, a group some believe conspires to foster global government. The U.S. group's other directors are Henry Kissinger, Paul Arthur Allaire and Richard Charles Albert Holbrooke.  Bilderberg is a highly secretive, international think tank which has met annually since 1954. According to some, it is also a policy forming group. It is comprised of representatives from North America and Western Europe and was founded by Joseph Retinger, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and Belgian Prime Minister Paul Van Zeeland. Bilderberg invites 100 (or more) of "the most powerful people in Europe and North America", for annual, closed door meetings at five star resorts. The group stresses secrecy:
- "What's said at a Bilderberg conference stays at a Bilderberg conference."
Hilaire du Berrier was the publisher of the Monte Carlo-based Hilaire du Berrier Reports. Mr. Du Berrier closely followed and chronicled the activities of Bilderberg and its overlapping groups, for over four decades. In a September of 1991 issue of the Hilaire du Berrier Report (also reported elsewhere in the French press), David Rockefeller addressed media facilitators at the 1991 annual Bilderberg meeting in Baden-Baden, Germany. In his talk, Mr. Rockefeller, a member of the Bilderbergers, former Director on the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) (1949-1985) and co-founder of the Trilateral Commission, thanked them (most of whom are also members of one or more of these groups) for their "discretion":
- “We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years. ...It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated now and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto determination practiced in past centuries.” , , 
Chairs & boards
Mr. Rockefeller served as chairman of the CFR from 1970 to 1985 and now chairs its international advisory board. He was instrumental in creating the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), a group of retired volunteers who assist private enterprise in developing nations. In 1979, he co-founded the New York City Partnership. He is former chairman, chairman emeritus and life trustee of the Museum of Modern Art and honorary chair of the Americas Society, which he chaired from 1981 to 1992. He also founded and chaired the Council of the Americas.  In 1964 he founded the International Executive Service Corps. In 1994 he founded the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. He is a board member of the IIE. Mr. Rockefeller is a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1987, he stepped down as chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Other chairs and boards include:
- Founder, David Rockefeller Fund 
- Cofounder, Global Philanthropists Circle 
- Director, World Trade Center Memorial Foundation
- Trustee, Rockefeller University 
- Honorary Member, Academy of Political Science 
- Founder, honorary chairman, lifetime trustee, Trilateral Commission , , 
- Director, American Friends of Bilderberg
- Honorary Chair, Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy 
- Former Director - Council of Foreign Relations, see also Council on Foreign Relations: Historical Roster of Directors and Officers.
Articles & sources
- Antony C. Sutton
- Committee of 300
- Council on Foreign Relations: Historical Roster of Directors and Officers
- David Rockefeller, Jr.
- Free Trade Area of Americas
- Harvard University
- J.P. Morgan Chase
- North American Free Trade Agreement
- Pharmaceutical industry
- Rockefeller Center
- Rockefeller Foundation
- Rockefeller University
- Standard Oil
- Trilateral Commission
- ↑ David Rockefeller, Wikipedia, accessed October 2009
- ↑ World's largest private fortune - see Ron Chernow, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., London: Warner Books, 1998. (p.370)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 David Rockefeller, Trilateral Commission, October 2007
- ↑ David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award Honorees, Synergos Institute, accessed December 4, 2011.
- ↑ David Rockefeller, Trilateral Commission, October 2007
- ↑ William F. Jasper A NAFTA/FTAA Rogues' Gallery, NY Transfer News, July 2004
- ↑ Annon The next Bilderberg meeting: Secret roster, agenda for Washington conference, WorldNetDaily, October 12, 1999.
- ↑ In Depth: The Bilderberg Group: Informal forum or global conspiracy?, CBC News, June 13, 2006
- ↑ The French publication, Minutes, June 19, 1991, Lectures Francaises, July/August, 1991, Hilaire du Berrier Report, September 1991
- ↑ News Archive, Buildfreedom.com, accessed March 2010
- ↑ Tibor S. Friedman The biggest con: Democrats & Republicans work together to destroy America, part 1 of 3, Online Journal, May 2006
- ↑ Interview with David Rockefeller, Foundation Center, accessed December 28, 2007.
- ↑ David Rockefeller Fund About, organizational web page, accessed February 6, 2012.
- ↑ Synergos Institute Global Philanthropists Circle, organizational web page, accessed September 21, 2012.
- ↑ Trustees, Rockefeller University, accessed December 28, 2007.
- ↑ Directors, Academy of Political Science, accessed April 15, 2008.
- ↑ David Rockefeller, Trilateral Commission, October 2007
- ↑ About the Organization, Trilateral Commission, accessed October 2009
- ↑ Trilateral Commission, Biblioteca Pleyades, accessed September 2009
- ↑ Directors, Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy, accessed November 4, 2009.
- ↑ Dr. John Coleman The Conspirators' Hierarchy: The Committee Of 300, 1992, ASIN: B000VCHK6E
- ↑ Dr. John Coleman Past and Present Members of the Committee of 300, The Conspirators' Hierarchy: The Committee Of 300, Chapter 11, 1992
- Jerry Mazza I’ll have the Bilderberger, well done!, Online Journal, Nov 9, 2007
- David Rockefeller, The Modern History Project, accessed March 2010