Rothschild Family: Was the Richest Family in the World in the 1800′s
The Rothschild family is credited for establishing finance houses throughout Europe. It was considered the richest family in the world for much of 1800′s. It originated from Frankfurt in the old Holy Roman Empire and the family members have Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity.
The family became so powerful that five lines of its Austrian branch were given heredity titles by Emperor Francis II of the Habsburg Empire in 1816. The Rotshchilds also had a British branch that was bequeathed with the titles of Baron and Baronet by Queen Victoria.
Today, the Rothschilds may not be as prominent as they were before, though they do still have interests in a variety of industries, including finance, mining, wine, energy, and farming. The family is also heavily involved with charity work.
Family descendants could still be found in countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, the Cayman Islands, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, France, Monaco, and Luxembourg.