The Rothschilds are an influential banking dynasty originating in Frankfurt. The family empire was established by Mayer Amschel Rothschild in the 18th century and grew in prominence under his fives sons: Nathan Mayer, James Mayer, Salomon Mayer, Carl Mayer and Amschel Mayer.
The Rothschilds were pioneers in the development of international finance, having established branches in London, Paris, Vienna and Naples, in addition to their native Frankfurt.
Rothschild and his direct family are the biggest shareholders of RIT Capital Partners Plc, the investment vehicle whose stock returned 7.4% this year , boosting his personal wealth to more than $1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index
Although the Rothschild family is still very wealthy, they have not been without their own disasters. The Frankfurt bank was closed when the last Rothschild in that branch died without an heir and the Naples branch was forced to close in the wars surrounding the unification of Italy.
The fortunes of the Austrian branch of the family was wiped out by the Nazis taking control of all Jewish bank assets and a great deal of their art, most of which has never been recovered.
THEY MARRY EACH OTHER
The distinctiveness of the Rothschilds, apart from their extreme wealth and multinational base, was that they literally married their cousins. Consanguinity carried no known genetic threat in the early 19th century
Such homogeneity is as tight-knit as an XXXS sweater, and it’s given rise to some disturbingly eugenic notions. Oxford historian Niall Ferguson, in his book, The House of Rothschild (Penguin), speculated that there might have been ‘a Rothschild ‘gene for financial acumen’, which intermarriage somehow helped to perpetuate