David Rockefeller, Ronald Perelman , Larry Ellison , Sanford Weill , Ted Turner and Paul Allen joined a pledge started by Warren Buffett for billionaires to give more than half their wealth to charity.
In 1979, as paramount leader Deng Xiaoping reopened China’s depleted economy, he invited some old industrialists who had survived the revolution for a lamb hot pot lunch in a cigarette smoke-shrouded room.
Richard Rockefeller, a son of philanthropist David Rockefeller Sr. and former chairman of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Inc., died when his plane crashed after takeoff from the Westchester County, New York, airport.
This week’s notable deaths included a son of David Rockefeller Sr., the world’s oldest billionaire; a black American actress whose work on stage and off involved fighting racial discrimination; and a Cy Young Award-winning Major League Baseball pitcher. Below are summaries of these and other obituaries from the past week.