We know he was the richest man in the world. We know he created the biggest oil company the world has ever seen. We know his legendary name.

But do we know everything about John D. Rockefeller?

Of course not! 98 years is a long time to live, and there were a lot of lesser-known facts about this great American businessman. Here are just a few.

  1. Rockefeller Considered This Date More Important Than His Birthday

John was hired for his first job on September 26, 1855, and he celebrated that day every year for the rest of his life. In fact, he considered it more important than his birthday.

  1. He Had Strong Ties To Cleveland

Rockefeller originally purchased a Cleveland refinery in the 1860’s, and created the Standard Oil Company of Ohio in 1870. By the 1880’s, he moved his headquarters to New York City.

  1. He Donated More Than $500 Million To Philanthropic Causes

During his lifetime, Rockefeller donated half a billion dollars to certain educational, religious, and scientific causes. In fact, his “Rockefeller Foundation” developed a yellow fever vaccine as well as successfully eradicating hookworm disease in the U.S.

  1. When Standard Oil Was Broken Up, Rockefeller Made A Fortune

Each of the pieces of his oil empire was worth more than the whole, and as their individual stock prices rose, Rockefeller made hundreds of millions of dollars.

  1. Rockefeller Lost All Hair From His Body And Head

He suffered from a disease called alopecia, which started affecting him in his 40’s. In a few years, he lost all the hair from his head, mustache, and body.

About The Author Thomas Kuegler

I am a full-time journalist, travel blogger, and digital nomad currently traveling the United States. I'm a regular contributor at The Huffington Post, and my work has also been featured on sites like The Inquisitr and The Odyssey Online. Some of my hobbies include cooking, reading, and having uncontrollable fits of excitement whenever I see dogs. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Messiah College, and in the future I want to backpack Europe by myself, meeting amazing and wonderful people around every corner.