MEYER AMSCHEL ROTHSCHILD (1743-1812), the founder of the celebrated banking business, born at Frankfort-on-the-Main, a Jew by birth; began his career as a money-lender and made a large fortune; left five sons, who were all made barons of the Austrian empire - AMSELM VON R. (1773-1855), eldest, head of the house at Frankfort; SOLOMON VON R. (1774-1855), the second, head of the Vienna house; NATHAN VON R. (1777-1836), the third, head of the London house; KARL VON R. (1755-1855), the fourth, head of the house at Naples; and JACOB VON R. (1792-1868), the fifth, head of the Paris house.

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