Ariana Rockefeller

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Ariana Rockefeller

Ariana Rockefeller (born May 26, 1982) is a fashion designer[1][2], US amateur show jumper[3], and great-great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller[2][3], founder of Standard Oil.

Early life[edit]

Ariana Rockefeller was born to David Rockefeller, Jr. and Diana Newell Rockefeller.[4] Her hometown is Cambridge, Massachusetts[5], but she split most of her childhood between New York and Maine.[4] She attended the Ethel Walker School, a boarding school, in Connecticut.[4] Rockefeller interned at the United Nations.[4] She later graduated Columbia University with a Bachelors of Political Science.[6][7]

Fashion and lifestyle business[edit]

Rockefeller launched her own fashion line in 2011.[1][3] In 2014, she opened a pop-up shop in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.[5] She added a line of handbags in 2015 after hiring handbag designer Bassam Ali.[3]


Rockefeller began riding horses when she was three years-old.[6] She competed on the equestrian team in high school, during which time she took an interest in show jumping.[6] After leaving the sport for a time, Rockefeller returned in 2012 and began show jumping competitively.[3] In 2015, Rockefeller placed fourth in the Hampton Classic.[8]


Rockefeller has served on the board of the nonprofit David Rockefeller Fund.[9] Rockefeller supports the Humane Society of the United States.[10] Rockefeller has chaired the New York Botanical Garden's Winter Ball for several years. [11]

Personal life[edit]

On September 4, 2010, Rockefeller married entrepreneur Matthew Bucklin.[5][12] They live in the Upper East Side, Manhattan.[5]


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  2. ^ a b Ell, Kellie (2018-05-10). "Ariana Rockefeller says her family taught the value of hard work and giving back". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
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  6. ^ a b c Shorr, Kerry (2018-05-01). "21 Things To Know About Ariana Rockefeller". Palm Beacher Magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
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  8. ^ Clinton, Leah Melby (2015-11-12). "This American Heiress Turned Fashion Designer Wants to Bring a Touch of Royal Style to Women Everywhere". Glamour. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  9. ^ Conley, Kevin (2016-05-11). "How the Name Rockefeller Came to Mean More Than Just Wealth". Town & Country. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  10. ^ Fran, Jurga (2017-01-16). "Free Range in Paradise: The "Wild" Horses of the Caribbean Attract Tourists and Research". Equus. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  11. ^ Wally, Maxine; Wally, Maxine (2018-12-16). "New York Botanical Garden, Bottega Veneta Create Winter Wonderland for Annual Ball". WWD. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  12. ^ Sipher, Devan (17 September 2010). "Ariana Rockefeller and Matthew Bucklin". The New York Times.