John D Rockefeller

Business Magnate

John Davison Rockefeller Sr. was an American business magnate and philanthropist. He is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time, and the richest person in modern history. Rockefeller was born into a large family in upstate New York that moved several times before eventually settling in Cleveland, Ohio. 1 2 3


John D Rockefeller rose at 6 am and begun the day by reading the newspaper. At 7 am, he strolled through his house and gardens before sitting for breakfast at 8 am. He developed the habit of giving a dime to each new employee and a nickel to every veteran. Breakfast usually finished at 8:45 am and Rockefeller played a game of Numerica, a form of solitaire, while he digested his food. He arrived at work at 9:15 am and spent an hour replying to his correspondence. From 10:15 am to noon Rockefeller hit the golf course for a few games.


After some rounds of golf, Rockefeller showered and cleaned himself before lunch which was typically served at 1 pm. He played a few more games of Numerica from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. After eating and playing Numerica, the American business magnate kicked back on his coach while his mail was read aloud to him. In the late afternoon, he spent 2 hours between 3:15 and 5:15 motoring and then rested for an hour at 5:30 pm.


From 7 pm to 9 pm, Rockefeller ate dinner and again practiced the habit of playing Numerica. If he was joined by guests, they would listen to music and socialize between 9 pm to 10 pm.


Rockefeller slept from around 10:30 pm to 6 am, when his routine started all over again.