James de Rothschild
James de Rothschild
Autograph Letter Signed - 1844
Scarce Autograph Letter Signed by Baron James de Rothschild, patriarch of the French branch of the prominent Rothschild dynasty and founder of the esteemed Chateau Lafite Rothschild Vineyards. Rothschild correspondence is extremely rare to find on the market. Writing to Monsieur de Saint Salvy in Paris, Rothschild requests certain dividends be sent to one of his closest assistants, Mr. Schaumbourg. In full:
Monsieur de Saint Salvy, Paris
I should be grateful if you would send Mr Schaumbourg the dividends and coupons accruing from Share No. 49- which I own.
Please be assured of my highest esteem,
Baron James de Rothschild
Paris, 3rd October 1844
Signature is bold with thick paraph. Text is somewhat light. In very good condition with minor separation at top and bottom of integral leaf. The back has some indecipherable light ink markings.
James de Rothschild (1792-1868) was the fifth son and youngest child of Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the founder of the Rothschild family international banking dynasty that became the most successful business family in history. Mayer sent each of his five sons to a prominent European commercial centre in order to found branches of the family banking empire; James therefore moved to Paris in 1811 and in 1817 expanded the family banking empire to the city, opening de Rothschild Frères. An advisor to two kings of France, he became the most powerful banker in the country and following the Napoleonic Wars, played a major role in financing the construction of railroads and the mining business that helped make France an industrial power. Along the way, he added to his fortune with investments in such things as the importation of tea and the wine industry. A strong-willed and shrewd businessman, James de Rothschild amassed a fortune that made him one of the richest men in the world. Although his papers have never been disclosed, evidence suggests that in today’s money, James de Rothschild’s personal fortune (not including the wealth of his other family members) must have been at least five times the fortune accumulated by Bill Gates.