DEFINITION of 'Rothschild'

A prominent family of German bankers that established banking and finance houses in Europe. The Rothschild family molded the way the international world works today. They were the pioneers in international high finance and were critical in supporting the railway systems in Europe and supplying financing for projects such as the Suez Canal. During the Napoleonic Wars they are known to have almost single handedly financed the British War effort and it is also believed the Rothschild Family has the largest net worth in modern history.

Also known as "The House of Rothschild."

BREAKING DOWN 'Rothschild'

Starting in 1744 with Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who created a finance house and spread his influence with fives sons to conduct business across Europe, the Rothschild family has grown even more influential. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries the word "Rothschild" was synonymous with endless wealth, and extravagant lifestyles. They have also been the rumored to be a part of numerous conspiracy theories due to their importance.

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