Rockefeller Heirs Fight to Protect Reputation

Published On: Friday, October 06, 2017

John-d-rockefeller-8The passing of the last grandson of John D. Rockefeller reveals a behind-the-scenes battle over legacy.

Not every descendant of John D. Rockefeller is in agreement about the family’s legacy, according to Private Wealth in "Fighting Over A Dynasty's Soul."

Rockefeller founded Standard Oil, which survives today under the name ExxonMobil. However, the Rockefellers are suing ExxonMobil because they believe the company has not been honest about the impact of fossil fuels on the climate.

The feud came to light when the last surviving grandson of John D. Rockefeller passed away at the age of 101.

A headline of "Rockefeller's Sue Over Effects of Fossil Fuels" is interesting in and of itself. However, even more interesting is what this reveals about dynasties.

It shows how the beliefs and interests of heirs can be radically different than the interests of the founders. This has implications for how those with dynastic wealth set up the trusts to benefit their families. Call (443) 470-3599 today and schedule a consultation with Maryland Attorney Britt L. Stouffer to learn more about Estate or Elder Law and how she can help you.

Reference: Private Wealth (June 22, 2017) "Fighting Over A Dynasty's Soul."

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