Bankers in History

Historical Events

  • 1412-01-16 The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy.
  • 1453-05-29 French banker Jacques Coeur's possessions confiscated
  • 1915-10-19 US bankers arrange a $500 million loan to the British and French
  • 1922-06-05 The Banker's committee of the Reparations Commission refuses an international loan to Germany
  • 1923-11-29 The Dawes Commission, chaired by the American Banker Charles Dawes, is set up to look into the German economic situation and make recommendations that the US can accept
  • 1934-11-20 New Belgian government of Theunis, Francqui & Gutt (3 bankers)
  • 1945-01-27 Wally van Hall, Dutch banker and resistance leader, arrested
  • 1982-06-19 The body of God's Banker, Roberto Calvi is found hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London
  • 1994-03-14 Mexican banker/billionaire Alfredo Harp Helu kidnapped
  • 1998-11-30 Deutsche Bank announces a US$10 billion deal to buy Bankers Trust, thus creating the largest financial institution in the world.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1459-03-06 Jacob Fugger, German banker/merchant
  • 1697-09-06 Willem Gideon Deutz, Amsterdam regent/banker/merchant
  • 1735-09-07 Thomas Coutts, Anglo-Scottish banker (Coutts & Co.) (d. 1822)
  • 1740-04-18 Francis Baring, banker/merchant
  • 1744-02-23 Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German Jewish banker and founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty, born in Frankfurt (d. 1812)
  • 1758-11-07 Edouard viscount de Walckiers, South Netherland banker/politician
  • 1763-07-17 John Jacob Astor, Germany, richest man in US, banker/fur trader
  • 1786-12-05 Henry Drummond, English banker and religious leader
  • 1791-10-26 Charles Sprague, banker/poet (Curiosity), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1827-02-01 Alphonse de Rothschild, French banker
  • 1832-12-12 Abraham C Wertheim, Dutch banker/MP (liberal)
  • 1834-01-30 Lord Avebury, [John Lubbock], British banker/politician
  • 1837-04-17 J. P. Morgan, American banker/CEO (US Steel Corporation), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1839-02-07 Nicolaas G Pierson, Dutch banker/Suriname premier (1897-1901)
  • 1844-10-29 Albert von Rothschild, Austrian banker
  • 1845-06-17 Hendrik P Staal, Dutch banker

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1855-03-24 Andrew Mellon, American banker (Mellon Bank), industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1947)

Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon
Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew Mellon
  • 1855-11-13 Daniel F Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist/banker
  • 1865-03-01 Gerard Vissering, Dutch banker/president (Bank of Java)
  • 1867-02-21 Otto Hermann Kahn, Banker, organized Metropolitan Opera Co
  • 1870-09-30 Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father of Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (d. 1948)
  • 1879-05-25 W Maxwell Aitken lord Beaverbrook, Canada/English banker
  • 1880-06-21 Josiah Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp, British civil servant, industrialist, economist, statistician and banker (d. 1941)
  • 1881-09-07 Constantly WL Scheurleer, Dutch archaeologist/banker/art expert
  • 1885-10-19 Charles Merrill, American investment banker (d. 1956)
  • 1887-08-13 Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (d. 1952)
  • 1892-02-15 James Forrestal, US, banker/minister of Navy
  • 1895-03-31 John Jay McCloy, lawyer/banker (Sec of War 1941-45, pres Chase Man)
  • 1897-12-18 Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker
  • 1904-04-21 Gijsbert van Hall, banker/mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67)
  • 1906-02-10 Walraven (Wally) van Hall, Dutch banker/resisted Nazis
  • 1908-09-26 Maurice Naessens, Belgian banker
  • 1909-05-21 Guy de Rothschild, French banker
  • 1910-01-07 Alain JG de Rothschild, France, banker/baron
  • 1916-08-30 Lord Keith of Castleacre, English banker
  • 1917-08-12 Douglas Gunsekera, banker
  • 1918-01-17 Joseph Walker Barr, banker/politician
  • 1920-04-13 Roberto Calvi, Italian banker (d. 1982)
  • 1920-05-20 John Cruickshank, banker
  • 1922-05-14 Agha Hasan Abedi, banker
  • 1923-02-17 Alden Winship Clausen, Hamilton Ill, banker (President of World Bank)
  • 1925-10-24 Jayaaram N Reddy, South African politician/banker
  • 1926-08-15 Lewis T Preston, banker
  • 1927-07-20 Anthony Cavendish, British MI 6 agent/banker
  • 1928-05-29 Felix Rohatyn, investment banker (NY Big MAC Bonds), born in Vienna, Austria

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1929-09-14 John Gutfreund, American investment banker, CEO of Salomon Brothers (King of Wall Street), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)

Investment Banker John Gutfreund
Investment Banker
John Gutfreund
  • 1930-07-24 Charles Hambro, English banker/multi-millionaire/CEO (Hambros)
  • 1931-03-29 Evelyn de Rothschild, English banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1932-11-23 Michel David-Weill, French investment banker
  • 1933-01-17 Bruno Schroder, British baron/banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1933-04-22 Robin Hutton, merchant banker
  • 1935-05-28 Kenneth Kleinwort, English banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1935-06-18 Hugh McColl, American banker, born in Bennettsville, South Carolina
  • 1936-04-29 Jacob Rothschild, English banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1936-08-10 Leendert-John Schalm, Dutch banker on Curacao
  • 1936-10-13 John Menzies, Scottish publisher/banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1940-06-28 Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi banker, economist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1942-05-18 Simon Isaacs, 4th Marquess of Reading, English aristocrat, banker and philanthropist
  • 1942-12-14 David Band, British banker (BZW) (d. 1996)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1947-09-03 Mario Draghi, Italian banker and President of the European Central Bank, born in Rome

Economist Mario Draghi
Economist
Mario Draghi
  • 1948-03-17 Alexander Nelson Hood, 4th Viscount Bridport, British-born investment banker
  • 1955-04-18 Amschel Rothschild, banker
  • 1967-02-25 Nick Leeson, British banker (Baring bank)

Famous Weddings

  • 1923-03-23 Writer Anaïs Nin (Delta of Venus) marries banker and artist Hugh Parker Guiler in Havana, Cuba

HeartWedding of Interest

1965-09-25 Novelist Danielle Steel (18) weds banker Claude-Eric Lazard

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel

HeartWedding of Interest

1980-09-06 81st Prime Minister of UK Theresa May (23) weds investment banker Philip May at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Wheatley, Oxfordshire

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • 2004-11-13 "The View" co-host Star Jones (42) weds banker Al Reynolds at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City
  • 2005-08-21 "Strictly Come Dancing" hostess Natasha Kaplinsky (32) weds investment banker Justin Bower at St. Margaret's Church in Somerset, England
  • 2006-04-01 Miss Costa Rica 2001 Piarella Peralta weds Dutch banker Tiemo Wesseling at Iglesia de Orosi in the Cartago province of Costa Rica
  • 2010-07-31 Daughter of former US President Bill Clinton Chelsea Clinton (30) weds investment banker Marc Mezvinsky (32) at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, New York
  • 2013-06-08 Princess Madeleine of Sweden (30) weds banker Christopher O'Neill at The Royal Palace Church in Stockholm, Sweden

HeartWedding of Interest

2013-08-18 Actress Rosanna Arquette (54) weds investment banker Todd Morgan at a private ceremony in Malibu, California

  • 2015-07-10 Fashion model Nicky Hilton (31) weds banker James Rothschild at Kensington Palace in London
  • 2015-11-29 Actress and designer Mary-Kate Olsen (29) marries banker Oliver Sarkozy in New York

Famous Divorces

  • 2008-05-09 "The View" former co-host Star Jones (46) divorces investment banker Al Reynolds (39) after three-and-a-half years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1456-11-25 Jacques Coeur, French merchant/banker, dies in battle
  • 1525-12-30 Jacob Fugger, German banker/merchant, dies at 66
  • 1630-09-11 John de White, calvinist/banker to Prague, commits suicide
  • 1718-01-06 Richard Hoare, English goldsmith and banker (b. 1648)
  • 1757-06-27 Willem Gideon Deutz, Amsterdam regent/banker/merchant, dies at 59
  • 1812-09-19 Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German Jewish banker and founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty, dies at 68
  • 1822-02-24 Thomas Coutts, Anglo-Scottish banker (Coutts & Co.), dies at 86
  • 1850-03-27 Wilhelm Bear, German banker/astronomer (Moon Map), dies at 53
  • 1860-02-20 Henry Drummond, English banker and religious leader, dies at 69
  • 1862-09-30 Isaac Peace Rodman, banker/Union brig-gen, dies of injury at about 40
  • 1864-07-25 Clement Hoffman Stevens, Us banker/inventor/Confederate brigadier general, dies at 42
  • 1875-08-27 William Chapman Ralston, American banker (b. 1826)
  • 1877-03-24 Walter Bagehot, English economist/critic/banker, dies at 51
  • 1897-11-30 Abraham C Wertheim, Dutch banker/MP (Lib), dies at 64
  • 1905-05-26 Alphonse de Rothschild, French banker, dies
  • 1911-02-11 Albert von Rothschild, baron/Austrian banker, dies at 66
  • 1913-03-31 John Pierpont Morgan, US banker/CEO (US Steel Corp), dies at 75
  • 1913-05-28 Lord Avebury, [John Lubbock], British banker/politician, dies
  • 1927-02-06 Daniel F Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist/banker, dies at 71

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1937-08-26 Andrew Mellon, American banker (Mellon Bank), industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32), dies at 82

Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon
Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew Mellon
  • 1937-12-17 Gerard Vissering, banker/president of Dutch Bank, dies at 72
  • 1941-03-03 Constant W L Scheurleer, archaeologist/banker/art expert, dies at 59
  • 1945-02-12 Walraven [Wally] van Hall, Dutch banker/resisted Nazis, executed at 39
  • 1946-07-02 Anthony Overton, publisher/cosmetics manufacturer/banker, dies at 81
  • 1948-02-02 Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father or Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (b. 1870)
  • 1952-04-23 Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (b. 1887)
  • 1977-05-22 Gijsbert van Hall, banker/mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67), dies at 73
  • 1977-07-30 Jorgen Ponto, West German banker, murdered
  • 1982-09-05 Maurice Naessens, Belgian banker, dies at 73
  • 1990-12-11 Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker, dies at 92
  • 1992-01-23 Simon Brand, South African banker and adviser to President F. W. de Klerk, dies
  • 1992-08-08 Eitan Berglas, Israeli banker/advisor, dies
  • 1993-10-21 Melchior Ndadaye, banker/1st Hutu President of Burundi (1993), murder at 40
  • 1993-11-02 P A Jacob Mees, Dutch banker (Mees & Hope), dies at about 86
  • 1994-02-05 Hermann Abs, German banker to Adolf Hitler and Konrad Adenauer, dies at 92
  • 1994-08-10 Leendert-John Schalm, Dutch banker on Curacao, murdered at 58
  • 1995-04-24 Douglas Gunsekera, banker, dies at 77
  • 1995-05-04 Lewis T Preston, banker, dies at 68
  • 1995-08-05 Agha Hasan Abedi, banker, dies at 73
  • 1996-02-23 Joseph Walker Barr, banker/politician, dies at 78
  • 1996-03-28 David Band, British banker (BZW), dies at 53
  • 1996-07-08 Amschel Rothschild, banker, dies at 41
  • 1997-12-01 Michel Bélanger, French Canadian businessman and banker (b. 1929)
  • 1998-05-08 Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
  • 2005-07-31 Wim Duisenberg, Dutch banker (b. 1935)
  • 2010-12-18 Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian banker and economist (b. 1940)
  • 2016-03-09 John Gutfreund, American investment banker, CEO of Salomon Brothers (King of Wall Street), dies at 86