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The Rothschild empire

The Rothschild family's prominence and affluence are so famous in Europe that the word "Rothschild" in French is actually used as a synonym for great wealth. During World War II, the Nazis incorporated elements from a 1934 Hollywood film about the family called "The House of Rothschild" as propaganda to show the purported egregious wealth of the Jewish people. Meanwhile, in the Hebrew language version of the song "If I were a Rich Man" from the musical "Fiddler on the Roof," the title of the song is literally translated as, "If I Were a Rothschild." If you still aren't impressed, then consider the fact that the Rothschild family owns a number of vineyards and makes its own wine. However, the Rothschild family is not only known for its opulence, but also for its philanthropy and community work.

So it makes perfect sense in today's global economy that N.M. Rothschild & Sons, an investment bank founded by Nathan Mayer Rothschild in 1811, is now spreading the family's renown throughout every corner of the world. The bank has offices over 50 offices worldwide, with operations in North America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South America. In the Asia Pacific region, the bank has offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Mumbai, New Zealand, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

The London office of N.M. Rothschild & Sons is situated on the same corner it was back in 1811, but the institution has also changed drastically through the years. A French branch called de Rothschild Freres was founded by James Mayer Rothschild in the early 19th century and was later nationalized by a socialist French government in 1982. In that year, Baron David de Rothschild, the current chairman of N.M. Rothschild & Sons, rebuilt a new bank from scratch with only three employees. In 2003, the British arm and the French arm of the Rothschild's bank came together under the leadership of a new holding company called Concordia B.V. Concordia owns a controlling interest in Rothschild Continuation Holdings, the parent company of N.M. Rothschild.

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