He was the head of a sprawling network of family interests, both business and philanthropic, that range from environmental conservation to the arts and headed what is now JPMorgan Chase bank. David Rockefeller's nephew, JayRockefeller, was a longtime US senator from West Virginia. His grandfather was the pious but ruthless creator of Standard Oil, the company which exploited near-monopoly control of America's nascent oil industry until it was broken up in 1911 by Theodore Roosevelt's "trustbusters".
He was the youngest of five sons of John D Rockefeller Jr.
The dynastic patriarch also bequeathed a high sense of public duty.
Rockefeller joined The Chase National Bank in 1946, became a vice president in 1949 and senior vice president in 1952.
Nelson Rockefeller served as governor of NY and briefly as United States vice-president while Winthrop Rockefeller was the governor of Arkansas.
He was vital in helping solve the city's fiscal crisis in the 1970's and was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the World Trade Center.
Trump drops 220 spots on Forbes list of billionaires
The overall list boasts 233 more billionaires than in 2016, the biggest increase since Forbes started keeping track 31 years ago. Jim Davis, the CEO of the Boston-based New Balance, finished in a tie for 315th place with a net worth of $7.1 billion.
The banker, philanthropist and presidential was the last surviving grandson of John D. Rockefeller until his death Monday.
He retired in 1981 at age 65.
He was chairman of the Museum of Modern Art and spearheaded a campaign to get corporations to, not only buy and display art in their buildings, but also support local museums, according to The New York Times.
In May 2015, he made a rare public appearance in ME to mark his approaching 100th birthday by donating 1,000 acres (405 hectares) for preservation on exclusive Mount Desert Island.
Mr Rockefeller's private art collection was once valued at $500m (£404m).
He had six children: the late Richard, David Jr., Abby, Neva, Peggy and Eileen; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She died in 1996.