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Rockefeller, John D. (1839–1937)

  • By: Craig H. Roell
  • In: Encyclopedia of Leadership
  • Edited by: George R. Goethals, Georgia J. Sorenson & James MacGregor Burns
  • Subject:Leadership

U.S. industrialist and philanthropist

One of the most influential leaders in history, John Davison Rockefeller pioneered the corporate organizational form that characterizes modern big business. His Standard Oil Company, unrivaled in economic power, not only fostered American global economic preeminence—and his personal ...

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