This article was published by the (UK) Daily Mirror on February 12th, 1980.
WHY ALL THE PRESIDENTS WOO ROCKEFELLER
The man in the crumpled raincoat walked into the luxury Imperial Hotel in Torquay carrying his own suitcases.
He pushed open the door and struggled into the lobby. No one took any notice.
The man was David Rockefeller, one of the richest and most powerful men in the world, arriving for one of his secret conferences.
Rockefeller, 64, is the man they call The Kingmaker.
He is the youngest son of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller II and brother of Nelson Rockefeller, former Governor of New York and Vice President of the United States.
He worked hard for success from the moiment he left Harvard University in his early twenties.
After taking a doctor's degree at the University of Chicago, he served as a U.S. Army captain from 1942-45.
After the war he became an assistant manager in the foreign department of the Chase Manhattan Bank.
It wasn't too hard to get the job. His father owned the bank.
In 1968 he took over as the bank's chairman and chief executive. His massive empire had begun.
Today Rockefeller's financial interests control HALF the U.S. oil industry, a FIFTH of all American banking, a FIFTH of all American industry and more than a QUARTER of private U.S. investment in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Through Chase Manhattan, Rockefeller has a controlling interest in twenty-three massive billion-dollar corporations, including American Express, IBM, Pan American Airways, and Exxon Oil.
Rockefeller spends a good deal of the year flying round the world in his own fifteen-seat Caravelle jet to attend banking conferences or hold private meetings with world leaders.
He is said to keep a file of 35,000 "personal friends" in high places around the world.
Time and again American presidents have tried to persuade Rockefeller to join their Cabinets. He has always refused.
Many believe he rejects their offers of powerful jobs because he is even MORE powerful as a man behind the scenes, able to pull as many strings as he wants.
An example of this can be found in America's involvement with Iran.
When President Jimmy Carter refused to support of Shah's tottering regime--and with it, billions of dollars of Rockefeller investments--the all-powerful tycoon was furious.
He urged Carter to accept nthe ailing Shah into America when he was in need of hospital treatment.
The CIA urged Carter that taking in the Shah would spark off anger in Iran.
Carter took Rockefeller's advice and soon after the American Embassy hostages were taken.
This is the power of David Rockefeller in action.
But there is also another side to the amazing man.
When he is not dabbling in multi-million dollar wheeler dealing, he loves beetles.
It has been a lifelong hobby, and now his collection is believed to be the largest in the world.
More often than not the man who never needs to have money in his pocket, instead carries small plastic containers with his current favourite beetle lying dead, and secured by pins.
And on occasions he has been known to pull one from his pocket to show to a special friend.
An senior official from Chase Manhattan Bank in London telephoned the editor of the Daily Mirror after this article was published to complain that it had exaggerated David Rockefeller's financial interests in the USA.
Documents were provided to substantiate the claim. No further words were exchanged.