If I had a businessman idol, it would the great industrialist, John D. Rockefeller. I think he is worthy to be included with the founding fathers of America, within the ranks of Washington. While Washington and his people at the capitol were at work building the institutions of the most powerful nation on earth, John D. was on the other side, building industries through wit, cunning and consolidation. He built industries whose products would reach far beyond the emissaries and diplomats of America could ever scour. His oil would be used in China, to power lamps.
John D. Rockefeller is the epitome of the ingenious American industrialist; first in the line of businessmen whose vision has brought the American spirit and culture not only throughout their county, but also throughout the world. If McDonalds had a great-grandpa, I’d say he would be Rockefeller. Though the business differs greatly, I think the scope they have achieved is similar. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Trust might not have survived the test of time because of the immense public dissent growing against gargantuan monopolies, the derivative companies still make up a dominant role in the global arena, just as Standard Oil did a hundred of years ago. ExxonMobil, one of the world largest companies is the derivative of Standard Oil of Indiana and Standard Oil of Ohio. Although I cannot say that Rockefeller was solely responsible for the growth of this great monopoly, I am fairly certain his able judgment have guided it through its development.