The Rothschild family are one of the most, if not the most, powerful dynasties in the world, and they have been ever since Mayer Amschel Rothschild founded their first banking business in his native country, Germany, back in the 1760s.
Since then they have amassed a vast worldwide empire and not only control most of the world’s banks, but also most of the major news agencies, newspapers and TV networks in the US.
A lot of people of heard of the Rothschild name before, and have probably heard rumours about events that they have had a hand in, but let’s have a look at some of the facts about the family.
1. Nobody actually knows their net worth
The family don’t appear on the Forbes Rich List, and their wealth is divided between different family members who are spread out around the world, but nobody actually knows what their combined net worth is. Estimates put it anywhere between $350 billion to $500 trillion!
2. The Rothschilds knew about Napolean’s defeat first
The Rothschilds had such an efficient system of couriers that they knew Napoleon had lost at Waterloo a day before the government did. Nathan Rothschild kept it secret and immediately bought up the government bond market. He then sold the bonds for an enormous 40% profit two years later.