Oliver Hazard Payne (1839-1917)
Colonel Oliver Hazard Payne, of New York
He was a co-founder of Standard Oil and when he died, he was considered one of the 100 wealthiest men in America. He was a significant philanthropist, and having never married nor had any children, much of his estate was given to charity. His principal heirs were Payne Whitney who received $63 million; Harry Payne Bingham who received his property; and, six other of his nephes and nieces who divided a further $32 million between them.
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 19/11/2018 and last updated on 05/08/2019.