John D. Rockefeller
The co-founder of Standard Oil, he bought out his Cleveland refining company business partner in 1865, and turned the company into the dominant force of the oil industry in its formative period.
The founder of the Dutch Oil Company, he rented Achnacarry Castle for a reunion of leading colleagues to hammer out an "As-Is" agreement to limit costly competition.
William Knox D'Arcy
An English solicitor who earned his fortune mining gold in Australia. he became the founder of the oil industry in the Middle East by chance when he was looking to broaden his investments.
The business architect behind the founding of the Turkish Petroleum Company, who remarked that "Oil friendships are very slippery."
The founder of Shell Oil Company, he was a British entrepreneur with an ambition to overcome the political drawback of his Jewish origins.
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