Rothschild History
Rothschild History

Detail from the coat of arms granted to Nathan Mayer Rothschild by the English College of Heralds, 1818 (The Rothschild Archive).

  • Our history

    In the early 19th century, the five sons of Mayer Amschel Rothschild set out from the family home in Frankfurt to the principal financial centres of Europe – London, Paris, Frankfurt, Naples and Vienna, to establish their great banking houses.

    The brothers remained closely connected to their father and to each other and together worked as a partnership, binding themselves by contract to clear, defined objectives and principles. They created the fastest and safest courier network in Europe by which they exchanged market information, and soon positioned themselves as the best informed and most internationally effective banking group in the world.

    Today, 200 years later, we continue the approach established by the five Rothschild brothers. Our working style emphasises integrity and intellectual rigour. We constantly share knowledge and skills to bring our experience and expertise to any challenge or problem, anywhere around the world.  We seek to innovate and improve in every area where we do business and are recognised by our creativity and flair.

    The Rothschild family motto ‘Concordia, Integritas, Industria’ translates as ‘Harmony, Integrity, Industry’. This has underpinned the family’s actions for over 200 years and remains central to our values today.

    To find out more about our history click through to the Rothschild timeline. 


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