John D. Rockefeller was born July 8th, 1893, in New York. Even from an early stage in John’s life, he had a great understandment of how money worked. According to a biography from PBS, “He loaned a local farmer $50 at 7% interest payable in one year, at the age of 12.” During the late 1800’s John D. Rockefeller monopolized the oil industry. Rockefeller then became a multimillionaire. As Rockefeller started to leave the industry of oil, he then began to refine the city he loved, Manhattan.
During the early to middle 1900’s Rockefeller decided to give back to his beloved city, by creating the Rockefeller center. Completed in 1933, the center was open for business, and ready to revamp the city of Manhattan. According to TopOFTheRockernyc.com, “Rockefeller Center and the observation deck were his gifts to Manhattan- a place for locals and visitors to marvel at the city he loved.” During the 1950’s many things were going on at the Rockefeller center, the starting of the soon to be hit talk show The Today Show, broadcasted live from the 30 rock, one of four of the plazas in the Rockefeller center.
Also during the construction of the first of four developed-office buildings, the Time & life building in 1957, Marilyn Monroe Dedicated the “sidewalk superintendents’ club” to oversee the construction site. According to RockefellerCenter.com, “The entertainment facet of Rockefeller Center was definitely making a name for itself.” Through all the money and power John. D. Rockefeller had, he never lost his humble start. As Rockefeller once said “If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it.”