John D Rockefeller Snr, the wealthiest man of his time, and arguably the wealthiest in history, would have been 178 yesterday. He rose from poor beginnings with a con-man father and religious mother, to acquire vast wealth through the oil industry. He reigned over a monopoly that refined as much as 90 percent of America’s oil; and when he died, his assets equalled 1.5% of America’s total economic output – in today’s terms about $340 billion dollars, more than four times the fortune of Bill Gates. He also defined the structure of modern philanthropy and left a legacy of a family name that continues to be influential today.
Born 8 July 1839 in Richford, New York, the birth time is conflicted which is a shame since houses would be critical to pin pointing his money-making abilities. Just before midnight was in one biography.
This would put his family-oriented Cancer Sun in the family-oriented 4th house which makes sense squaring onto a super-confident Pluto opposition Jupiter in Libra. His Sun was in an innovative trine to Uranus; and Cancer anyway has a nose for the defining opportunities of the time so is usually tuned into important trends.
On this birth time he’d have had Saturn in the 8th which often occurs in bankers’ charts or those who handle money for others. But I’d have expected to see more 2nd/8th house markers. Bill Gates has Jupiter Pluto in his 2nd; JK Rowling has Jupiter in the 8th; Steven Spielberg has Saturn Pluto in his 2nd; Clint Eastwood who must be worth as bob or two has Jupiter in his 8th; George Clooney has Sun Mercury in his 2nd and Neptune in his 8th.
John D Rockefeller Jnr, 29 January 1874 10am Cleveland, Ohio, had Pluto in his 2nd, which is co-ruler of his 8th – so that looks a more solid birth time.
John D Rockefeller Snr was also a devout Baptist which again doesn’t show up. If the birth time was early hours of the morning it would put Neptune in the 9th, Sun in the 2nd, an influential-out-in-society Pluto in the 11th; family-tied Venus in the 4th; and a pro-active Mars Jupiter in his 5th house of speculation and children. But it’s impossible to know.