Our story

The foundation of our business is a reputation for trust, integrity and expert advice. 

Over the past 200 years we have nurtured this reputation through close collaboration, and by embracing and supporting innovation in order to remain at the forefront of our industry.



Mayer Amschel Rothschild establishes a successful business in Frankfurt, built on trusted long-term client relationships.

1810 Onwards

Mayer Amschel’s five sons settle in major European financial centres: Frankfurt, London, Paris, Vienna and Naples. Working in close collaboration they become the world’s best informed and most internationally effective financial house.

19th Century

Rothschild support for new innovations and new global markets help shape the future of our world. Our business earns a strong reputation for identifying global opportunities, and our assessment of new ventures is seen as authoritative.

The business supports the development of railways across Europe and emerging economies such as India and Brazil.

In mining, our collaborations with experts hold an unrivalled reputation for intelligence on potential ventures, including the prediction of gold booms in South Africa and Australia.

1820 Onwards

The brothers create a global network of agents and contacts giving them access to the most up-to-date business and political information.

The business plays a preeminent role in the development of the sovereign bond market, beginning in Europe and Russia, and expanding to every continent.


The London house raises the funding for the British Government to acquire a major interest in the Suez Canal, one of the business’s most celebrated transactions, underscoring our reliability, discretion and solidity.

20th Century

We lay the foundations for our business offering today.

We establish our business presence in the US during the Second World War and invest in our global scale, opening offices in every major market around the world.


Under President Mitterrand, our French house is nationalised. Refusing to accept defeat, the directors form a new banking operation helped by the other branches of the business, regaining the right to use the family name in their business in 1986.

2009 onwards

Five Arrows, the alternative assets arm of Rothschild & Co, is launched.

To assist clients during the financial crisis, Global Advisory develops our Equity Advisory services, a first in the market, as part of our innovative Financing Advisory offering.


Our Wealth Management business in France merges with Banque Martin Maurel to create a market-leading private bank controlled by the Rothschild and Maurel families, following three generations of successful collaboration.


Rothschild & Co is one of the world’s largest independent financial groups.

Visit The Rothschild Archive for more information

The Rothschild Archive is an independent charitable trust whose purpose is to collect, preserve and promote the archives of the Rothschild businesses and family, and their website is the preeminent online source of information on the subject.