The Rothschild dynasty has been around for centuries. Legend has it that the family banking fortune began with the British defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, when Meyer Rothschild established the investments required to back Britain in the war effort. From that start, the family followed the colonialism of European powers and branched out throughout Europe, Africa and South America, then into the newly forming nation of the United States in North America, and developed ownership in the banking industries of dozens of countries. Little is conclusively known of the true extent of their empire, with its net worth estimated in the hundreds of trillions of US dollars. This list presents a collection of the family holdings as estimated by many experts. Could this really be true? If so, it would make the family far more powerful than any nation on earth.
It is amazing what hard work and brilliance can accomplish. Regardless of the actual value, scope or breadth of influence of the Rothschild family, there is no denying that this is the result of generations of tireless work and absolutely brilliant minds. The genius of the family and its heirs is not just in the mechanics of business and finance, but in social skills, political genius, international relations and the ability to transfer this knowledge and ability from generation to generation.
It is a well known fact that in the world of family owned business, many fail with the first generational change, and few last to the third generation. And this is just for relatively simple enterprises. That the Rothschild family has managed to survive and thrive over 400 years of growth, with family moving across four continents, is unparalleled.
The family’s rise to European prominence began with Mayer Amschel Rothschild, born in Frankfurt in 1744. He developed a finance house and spread his empire by installing each of his five sons in European cities to conduct business. An essential part of Mayer Rothschild’s strategy for future success was to keep control of their businesses in family hands, allowing them to maintain full discretion about the size of their wealth and their business achievements. Following a technique used by the aristocracy, which was also later copied by business dynasties such as the Du Pont family, Mayer Rothschild successfully kept the fortune in the family with carefully arranged marriages, including between first or second cousins. By the later 19th century, almost all Rothschilds had started to marry outside the family, usually into the aristocracy or other financial dynasties.
The rest, as they say, is history, but one of combined clarity and murkiness, since little information is of public record. Many people fear the Rothschild family and there are many conspiracy or other hateful theories out there, but this is likely just jealousy from those who have not managed to accomplish anything themselves, or are just natural haters.
This list may be 50% fact or 50% supposition, but it is 100% intriguing.
Truth, Myth or a Bit of Both?
The Alleged Rothschild-Owned Central Banks of the World (Alphabetical Order)
- Bank For International Settlements (BIS)
- Afghanistan: Bank of Afghanistan
- Albania: Bank of Albania
- Algeria: Bank of Algeria
- Argentina: Central Bank of Argentina
- Armenia: Central Bank of Armenia
- Aruba: Central Bank of Aruba
- Australia: Reserve Bank of Australia
- Austria: Austrian National Bank
- Azerbaijan: Central Bank of Azerbaijan Republic
- Bahamas: Central Bank of The Bahamas
- Bahrain: Central Bank of Bahrain
- Bangladesh: Bangladesh Bank
- Barbados: Central Bank of Barbados
- Belarus: National Bank of the Republic of Belarus
- Belgium: National Bank of Belgium
- Belize: Central Bank of Belize
- Benin: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
- Bermuda: Bermuda Monetary Authority
- Bhutan: Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan
- Bolivia: Central Bank of Bolivia
- Bosnia: Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Botswana: Bank of Botswana
- Brazil: Central Bank of Brazil
- Bulgaria: Bulgarian National Bank
- Burkina Faso: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
- Burundi: Bank of the Republic of Burundi
- Cambodia: National Bank of Cambodia
- Cameroon: Bank of Central African States
- Canada: Bank of Canada � Banque du Canada