Dec. 8, 1999
My, my. How the mighty have fallen.
A decadent descendant of an American dynasty is getting his dirty silk
laundry aired out in a Vanity Fair interview with his estranged wife.
John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil and became the richest man in
America. His grandson Nelson was governor of New York from 1959-73 and vice president from 1974-77. Numerous other Rockefellers have
excelled as senators, governors, businessmen, academics and
There's a rotten apple in the family tree though, an embarrassing black
sheep. Great-grandson George O'Neill is obsessed with female flesh,
not finances or public welfare, claims his wife, Amy, 32, who is suing him
for divorce. She accuses the 49-year-old O'Neill (who will inherit about
$180 million when his mother dies) of incessant carnal crimes.
Gonadal George had an abundance of affairs in their 10-year marriage,
charges the bitter spouse. She discovered him groping the baby-sitters and
receiving fellatio from the wife of a local funeral director. He also
tried to push her into sexual threesomes, she says, and that he's obsessed with hardcore
This is only the horny tip of a licentious lifestyle that Amy will
gladly expose in the courtroom if George balks at the monetary demands that
she's making in their current divorce settlement.
If true, these revelations would usher O'Neill into the recent hall of
hypocrite conservatives. George is a right-wing activist and a strong
espouser of "family values" morality; he even campaigned for Pat Buchanan
George and Amy lived dysfunctionally in a dilapidated mansion on a
heavily guarded family estate in central Florida with their five children.
Ensconced in this Gothic nightmare, poor Amy claims she was forced to haul
a notebook around her neck that recorded what she was doing, plus she had
to beg her horrible husband for housekeeping money.
If this meanness actually occurred, Amy's demands on the rich man-boy will
probably be granted: $775,000 for a new house, alimony of $7,500 per month,
plus children's education costs, wedding costs for the two daughters and a
new family van every five years.
Amy also divulges humiliating Rockefeller family secrets in the article.
Most amusing is her contention that the old money magnates are quite
depressed about their displacement at the top of the "rich lists." Computer zillionaires have plummeted the oil barons into comparative pauperdom.