Famous German Bankers

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Nathan Meyer Rothschild
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Birthdate: September 16, 1777
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Free City of Frankfurt Frankfurt, Holy Roman Empire
Died: July 28, 1836
Mayer Amschel Rothschild
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Birthdate: February 23, 1744
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: September 19, 1812
The Founding Father of International Finance, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, started what is known as the Rothschild dynasty, which shaped the trajectory of banking and finance in Europe. He had started off as a rare coins dealer and later expanded his banking business through his five sons.
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Hjalmar Schacht
(Reichsminister of Economics (1934-37))
Hjalmar Schacht
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Birthdate: January 22, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tinglev, Denmark
Died: June 3, 1970

German banker Hjalmar Schacht was appreciated for his role in saving the Weimar Republic from inflation and later served as the Reichsminister of Economics under Adolf Hitler. Following as assassination attempt on Hitler, her was imprisoned, but was later freed and then set up his own bank in Düsseldorf.

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Jakob Fugger
(Entrepreneur, Banker)
Jakob Fugger
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Birthdate: March 6, 1459
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
Died: December 30, 1525

Jakob Fugger was a German merchant, banker, and mining entrepreneur. Born into the famous Fugger merchant family, Jakob Fugger helped expand the family business and stretched it across Europe. Thanks to his banking transactions with the House of Austria, Fugger also had a strong influence on European politics. He is counted among the wealthiest individuals of all time.    

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Alfred Herrhausen
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Birthdate: January 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Essen, Germany
Died: November 30, 1989
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Walther Funk
(Journalist, Banker, Economist, Politician)
Walther Funk
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Birthdate: August 18, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yasnaya Polyana
Died: May 31, 1960
German economist Walther Funk had joined the army during World War I but later quit for being medically unfit and started his career as a journalist. After joining the Nazi Party, he quickly rose to become the Third Reich’s economics minister and the president of the Reichsbank
Amschel Mayer Rothschild
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Birthdate: June 12, 1773
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt
Died: December 6, 1855
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Prince Waldemar of Schaumburg-Lippe
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Birthdate: December 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glienicke, Province of Brandenburg, Nazi Germany
Died: August 11, 2020
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Axel A. Weber
(7th President of the German Bundesbank)
Axel A. Weber
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Birthdate: March 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kusel, Germany

Axel A. Weber is a German economist, banker, and professor. From 2004 to 2011, Weber served as the president of the German Bundesbank. He is currently serving as the chairman of the popular Swiss multinational investment bank, UBS Group AG. In 2015, Axel A. Weber was adjudged European Banker of the Year 2014 by the International Association of Economic Journalists.

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Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach
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Birthdate: August 7, 1870
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Hague
Died: January 16, 1950
Carl Mayer von Rothschild
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Birthdate: April 24, 1788
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frankfurt
Died: March 10, 1855
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Herman Gref
(Politician and Banker)
Herman Gref
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Birthdate: February 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Panfilovo, Kazakhstan
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Henry Villard
(Journalist)
Henry Villard
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Birthdate: April 10, 1835
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Speyer, Germany
Died: November 12, 1900
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Barthold Georg Niebuhr
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Birthdate: August 27, 1776
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 2, 1831

Barthold Georg Niebuhr was a Danish-German banker, statesman, and historian. A symbol of national spirit in Germany, Barthold Georg Niebuhr helped invigorate a sense of patriotism and nationalism in students at the University of Berlin. 

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Jürgen Ponto
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Birthdate: December 17, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bad Nauheim, Germany
Died: July 30, 1977
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Winfried Bischoff
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Birthdate: May 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aachen, Germany
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Hermann Josef Abs
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Birthdate: October 15, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Died: February 5, 1994
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Wilhelm Beer
(Banker)
Wilhelm Beer
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Birthdate: January 4, 1797
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: March 27, 1850

Apart from being an astronomer, Wilhelm Beer was also a banker and the brother of legendary composer Giacomo Meyerbeer. His Mappa Selenographica, was the first lunar map that was classified into quadrants. Along with Johann Heinrich Mädler, he also created the first globe for Mars.

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Karl Otto Pöhl
(Economist)
Karl Otto Pöhl
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Birthdate: December 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hannover, Germany
Died: December 9, 2014
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Thomas Bscher
(Racing driver)
Thomas Bscher
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Birthdate: April 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Marburg, Germany