How Rockefeller Built His Trillion Dollar Oil Empire

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45th video of the Behind the Business Series.

While tech billionaires like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos might be the richest men in the world today, the title of richest capitalist to have ever lived goes to a man, who died almost a century ago: John Rockefeller.

In the late 19th century John Rockefeller used his quick wits and leadership skills to build an impressive oil refinery in Cleveland. In the early days of the oil industry technology was inefficient and bankruptcies were everywhere, but John optimized the refining process successfully. Over time, he bought out competitors until he had total control over the oil industry in Cleveland through his company: Standard Oil of Ohio.

In the decades afterwards Rockefeller purchased refineries across America and even negotiated backroom deals with the big railroad tycoons. At its peak Standard Oil was worth up to $1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars) in today's money, with Rockefeller controlling over 90% of the oil industry in America.

Of course, eventually new oil deposits were uncovered in Asia and Russia, challenging Rockefeller's monopoly. Back at home concerned businessmen funded waves of media opposition to Standard Oil, which was eventually broken up in 1911. The numerous companies created during this split would eventually merge back together, bringing huge profits to Rockefeller in his final years.

Upon his death, Rockefeller's net worth was an estimated $400 billion in today's dollars, making him the wealthiest businessman to have ever lived by a wide margin.

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That transition... just leaving this here.

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lmao the way you transitioned to DSC caught me off guard 😂

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6:12 poor waifu working hard with them

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Evil Rothschild destroyed world and continues. Rockefeller is no less of an evil.

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I’m gonna make a company called ‘Special Oil’

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They now control trillions in their foundation and (with Rothschild) ownership in federal reserve.

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that ad transition tho.. so funny, nice video as always BC

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That transition was sooo smooth. What a flawless transition!

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Even though I knew about him before, I had many goose bump moments throughout this video! 🙂🙌

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