Laurance Rockefeller

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Laurance and Mary Rockefeller (1965)

Laurance Spelman Rockefeller (* 26. May 1910 in New York City , † 11 July 2004 ) was a US -American billionaire and patron .


Laurance Rockefeller was the fourth of six children of John D. Rockefeller II and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (1874-1948), and the grandson of US billionaire John D. Rockefeller .

Laurance invested the money he had inherited and created his own industrial empire. So he founded the ITEK group, was involved in the development of Eastern Air Lines and financed McDonnell in the development of his aircraft company.

In the 1950s, he largely withdrew from industry and invested in the tourism sector. So he built u. a. the Rock Resorts , exclusive residential complexes in the Caribbean and Hawaii.

With his extensive fortune, the entrepreneur campaigned primarily for environmental protection, ecology and medical research. So he bought land with his fortune, which he donated to the expansion of nature parks in the states of Wyoming , California , Vermont , Maine and Hawaii . He had been an investor on Wall Street since the late 1930s .

Rockefeller also had a keen interest in UFOs and related phenomena. He financed research groups on the topic. It is also known that Rockefeller was in contact with him and his wife Hillary Clinton on the subject of UFOs during the tenure of US President Bill Clinton and tried to obtain the release of supposedly classified documents.

Laurance Rockefeller died of pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 94 in his New York apartment .


Laurance Rockefeller was married to Mary French (1910-1996), a granddaughter of the railroad tycoon Frederick H. Billings. She was a patron of the Young Women's Christian Association , trustee of Spelman College, trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and founded the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont in 1992.


  • Laurance Rockefeller (* 1944), environmental protection expert, lawyer
  • Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky (* 1941), doctor, on the board of directors of Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the International Center for the Disabled, co-founder of the Medical Illness Counseling Center
  • Marion Rockefeller Weber (* 1938), biologist, painter
  • Laura Rockefeller Chasin (* 1936), psychologist


Notable foundations included $ 36 million for Memorial Sloan-Kettering and $ 21 million for Princeton University. By the end of 1988 he had donated over $ 385 million.

  • 1968: $ 300 million fortune (Fortune Magazine)
  • 2002: $ 1.5 billion in fortune (FORBES)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. UK US billionaire funds crop circle research . BBC News. May 19, 1999. Retrieved May 28, 2008.
  2. George Rush, Joanna Molloy: PREZ 'HUNT FOR CAMPAIGN CASH MAY TURN UP SOME UFOS FIRST . Daily news. August 24, 1995. Retrieved May 28, 2008.