Western Europe: The Warburgs


Older than the Rothschilds, more versatile than the Barings or the Hambros, Europe's Warburg-family banking dynasty has prospered ever since it started changing money in 1559. Along with bankrolling potentates and private tycoons, the Warburg family has bred many of its own philanthropists, scientists and scholars. In 20th century Germany, members of the family or their partners were friends to Kaiser Wilhelm, represented their country at Versailles (and refused to sign the treaty), sat on 100 corporate boards. After Hitler came in, the Warburgs—being Jews —were forced out. Now, however,...

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