US billionaire David Rockefeller – the last of his generation of the famous family – has died aged 101.
The philanthropist and businessman died in his sleep at his home in Pocantico Hills, New York, according to his spokesman, Fraser P Seitel.
He was the grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D Rockefeller and the youngest of five sons and one daughter born to John D Rockefeller Jr.
Amongst his many accomplishments was spurring the project that led to the World Trade Centre.
He was also the guardian of his family’s vast fortune and head of its network of interests.
‘No individual has contributed more to the commercial and civic life of New York City over a longer period of time than David Rockefeller,’ said Michael Bloomberg, a former mayor and fellow billionaire.
‘I have long admired his commitment to the city, which began with a dollar-a-year job working as a secretary to mayor Fiorello La Guardia. During my time in City Hall, he was always there for the city when we called.’