What Was It Like to Grow Up As a Rockefeller?

John D. Rockefeller’s Great-Granddaughter Breaks the Silence

Imagine what it would feel like to know that Rockefeller Center was named for your family and that fathers everywhere once invoked your family name when pressed for cash by saying something akin to “who do I look like, a Rockefeller?” Eileen Rockefeller doesn’t have to use her imagination: she is the great-granddaughter of the late John D. Rockefeller, the world’s first billionaire, and the daughter of David Rockefeller, former chairman and CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank.

The first female member of the Rockefeller family to write a memoir and a surprisingly down-to-earth guest, Eileen can talk about:

  • Growing up as the youngest of six children in four homes that employed 100 people and why she deliberately raised her two children differently.
  • Adulation, judgment, envy … and other emotions people outside the family have about the Rockefeller name.
  • The surprising set of values with which she was raised that may seem unusual for a family of wealth and notoriety.
  • Ways family shapes our identity and why she says Americans are the worst at raising healthy children.

CREDENTIALS: Eileen Rockefeller is co-chair of her family’s generational association, founding chair of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers, founder for the Institute for the Advancement of Health, and co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. Her new book is BEING A ROCKEFELLER, BECOMING MYSELF (Blue Rider Press). She has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, Charlie Rose, Sirius XM and in the New York Times and Daily Beast.

AVAILABILITY: Vermont, New York, nationwide by arrangement and via telephone
CONTACT: Tausha Sylver, (802) 985-9028 (VT); tausha@joinervalley.com

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