Meet the Rothschild Family. They are the richest family in the world and have been so for generations. And chances are, you have probably never heard about them.
Who are the Rothschilds?
The Rothschild family descended from Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who was born in what is present-day Frankfurt, Germany in 1812. He was the son of a Jewish money changer and trader, and went on to establish the world’s greatest international banking empire.
Mayer Amschel’s five sons went on and settled in the most financially crucial centres of Europe – Frankfurt, London, Naples, Vienna & Paris. They continued
to build their father’s empire and spread it across Europe.
The Rothschild Generations. (Image Courtesy – www.anonews.com)
The Rothschild family was at the height of financial power in the 19th century. They were famous for their inherent genius minds, a trait that runs through the family even now. This combination of great fortune and intelligence meant a knack for tapping profitable opportunities. They backed Britain during the Napoleonic wars and funded Brazil’s claim for independence from Portugal.
Even today, they are an independent financial consultant firm but they choose to stay away from the limelight. The Rothschilds are rumoured to be backing the World Bank, IMF, the US Federal Reserve and wars in the Middle East.
Here are 8 lesser known facts about this ingenious family –
Napoleon’s Defeat and Brazil’s Independence
They funded Britain with approximately $900 million in today’s value to defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. It is rumoured that Nathan Mayer Rothschild came to know of the defeat before the officials. He bought up the government bonds and sold them at a 40% profit years later.
They also funded Brazil’s independence struggle from Portugal.
“If my sons did not want wars, there would be none.” — Gutle Schnaper, wife of Mayer Amschel Rothschild and mother of his five sons.
Actual Worth Unknown
They are the world’s wealthiest family – ever. Their actual worth is unknown and they have more money than they claim.
Price of Gold
They set the price of gold by holding a meeting twice daily. This practice
continued till 2004 when their position was replaced by Barclays.
They bailed out the US government once from a massive debt in collaboration with JP Morgan in 1895.
Owner of Most Banks and Media
The roots of almost all banks and media corporations all over the world can be traced to their ventures.
Largest Private Animal Collection
They owned the largest private collection of animals and insects, led by
Lord Walter Rothschild, a passionate zoologist.
A zebra driven carriage. (Image Courtesy – www.whaleoil.com)
They threw weird parties, where the invitations were written backwards, the guests wore animal heads and multi-faced masks, leading some to believe that may even be involved in satanic cults.
Their eccentric tastes, ingenious minds and incalculable wealth have only contributed to more curiosity and more conspiracy theories about the family over time.