The name Rothschild is synonymous with great billionaire-level of wealth and extravagance. The Rothschilds are famous for their 41+ palaces, art collecting and philanthropy. The scale and level of luxury is unparalleled even by the wealthiest royal families. In 1909 British Prime Minister Lloyd George stated that Lord Nathan Rothschild was Britain's most powerful man.
Rothschild means literally Red shield in German.
For the last two centuries, Rothschilds have often been the subject of conspiracy theories. Some theories suggest that, as a Bankster cartel, the Rothschilds control most of the world's wealth and financial institutions. Other theories suggest that the Rothschilds were responsible for indirectly starting or stopping wars. At least one conspiracy theory indicated that the family played a huge role in the creation of Israel shortly after World War II. Much of the conspiracy theories were suggested to be a result of anti-Semitic prejudice.
- "The Rothschilds are the wonders of modern banking ... we see the descendants of Judah, after a persecution of two thousand years, peering above kings, rising higher than emperors, and holding a whole continent in the hollow of their hands. The Rothschilds govern a Christian world. Not a cabinet moves without their advice. They stretch their hand, with equal ease, from Petersburgh to Vienna, from Vienna to Paris, from Paris to London, from London to Washington. Baron Rothschild, the head of the house, is the true king of Judah, the prince of the captivity, the Messiah so long looked for by this extraordinary people. He holds the keys of peace or war, blessing or cursing. ... They are the brokers and counselors of the kings of Europe and of the republican chiefs of America. What more can they desire?"
- "This multinational banking family is a byword for wealth, power – and discretion... The Rothschild name has become synonymous with money and power to a degree that perhaps no other family has ever matched."
- "As we have seen, however, wars tended to hit the price of existing bonds by increasing the risk that a debtor state would fail to meet its interest payments in the event of defeat and losses of territory. By the middle of the 19th century, the Rothschilds had evolved from traders into fund managers, carefully tending to their own vast portfolio of government bonds. Now having made their money, they stood to lose more than they gained from conflict. The Rothschilds had decided the outcome of the Napoleonic Wars by putting their financial weight behind Britain. Now they would sit on the sidelines.
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- (1836) Weekly Register.
- Daily Telegraph,The Rothschilds: They prefer to let their money do the talking, William Langley, Published: 9:59 pm BST 25 Oct 2008
- The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, (London 2008), page 91.