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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1907-11-02 US banker J. P. Morgan locks over 40 bankers in his library to force them to find ways to avert New York banking crisis

Industrialist and Banker J. P. Morgan
Industrialist and Banker
J. P. Morgan
  • 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 G. 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 and 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
  • 2006-10-13 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to banker Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for their microlending practises

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestCosimo de Medici

1389-09-27 cosimo de' Medici, Italian banker and de facto ruler of Florence and patron of the arts, born in Florence (d. 1464)

Florentine Ruler and Arts Patron Cosimo de Medici
Florentine Ruler and Arts Patron
Cosimo de Medici
  • 1459-03-06 Jacob Fugger, German banker/merchant
  • 1697-09-06 Willem Gideon Deutz, Amsterdam regent, banker and merchant, born in Amsterdam (d. 1757)
  • 1735-09-07 Thomas Coutts, Anglo-Scottish banker (Coutts & Co.), born in Ediburgh (d. 1822)
  • 1740-04-18 Francis Baring, English merchant and banker, born in Larkbeare House, Exeter
  • 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 and politician, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1837)

Person of interestJohn Jacob Astor

1763-07-17 John Jacob Astor [Johann Jakob Astor] German-American businessman (first multi-millionaire in the United States), born in Walldorf, Electoral Palatinate, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1848)

Businessman John Jacob Astor
Businessman
John Jacob Astor
  • 1786-12-05 Henry Drummond, English banker and religious leader, born in The Grange, Hampshire (d. 1860)
  • 1791-10-26 Charles Sprague, American banker and poet (Curiosity), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1875)
  • 1810-05-29 Erasmus Darwin Keyes, American banker, businessman and Major General (Union Army), born in Brinfield, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1825-07-11 Edward Henry Hobson, American merchant, banker, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Greensburg, Kentucky (d. 1901)
  • 1827-02-01 Alphonse de Rothschild, French banker
  • 1828-12-16 John Beatty, American banker, statesman, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 1914)
  • 1829-08-05 Milo Smith Hascall, American banker, real estate executive, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Le Roy, New York (d. 1904)
  • 1832-12-12 Abraham Carel Wertheim, Dutch banker and philanthropist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1897)
  • 1834-04-30 Lord Avebury [John Lubbock], British banker and politician, born in London (d. 1913)
  • 1835-11-18 Americus Vespucius Rice, American politician, banker, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perrysville, Ohio (d. 1904)

Person of interestJ. P. Morgan

1837-04-17 J. P. Morgan, Sr. [John Pierpont], American financier and banker (General Electric, Steel Corporation, AT&T), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1913)

Industrialist and Banker J. P. Morgan
Industrialist and Banker
J. P. Morgan
  • 1839-01-25 Seldon Connor, American banker, 35th Governor of Maine, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Fairfield, Maine, (d. 1917)
  • 1839-02-07 Nicolaas G Pierson, Dutch banker/Suriname premier (1897-1901)
  • 1839-06-18 William Henry Seward Jr, American banker and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Auburn, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1844-10-29 Albert Salomon Anselm von Rothschild, Austrian banker and member of the Rothschild banking family of Austria, born in Vienna, Austrian Empire (d. 1911)
  • 1845-06-17 Hendrik Peter Staal, Dutch reformed officer and politician, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1920)

Person of interestAndrew Mellon

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 François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • 1865-03-01 Gerard Vissering, Dutch banker/president (Bank of Java)
  • 1865-08-27 Charles G. Dawes, 30th Vice President of the United States, banker and 1925 Nobel Peace Prize winner, born in Marietta, Ohio (d. 1951)
  • 1867-02-21 Otto Hermann Kahn, Banker, organized Metropolitan Opera Co

Person of interestAmadeo Giannini

1870-05-06 Amadeo Giannini, American banker and entrepreneur (founded Bank of America), born in San Jose, California (d. 1949)

Banker and Entrepreneur Amadeo Giannini
Banker and Entrepreneur
Amadeo Giannini
  • 1870-09-30 Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father of Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (d. 1948)
  • 1879-05-25 William Maxwell Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, Canadian English newspaper publisher (Daily Express), born in Maple, Ontario (d. 1964)
  • 1880-06-21 Josiah Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp, British civil servant, industrialist, economist, statistician and banker, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1941)
  • 1885-10-19 Charles E. Merrill, American investment banker (Merrill Lynch), born in Green Cove Springs, Florida (d. 1956)
  • 1887-08-13 Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (d. 1952)
  • 1892-02-15 James Forrestal, American banker/minister of Navy
  • 1895-03-31 John Jay McCloy, US lawyer and banker (Secretary of War 1941-45, chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank)
  • 1897-12-18 Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker
  • 1901-10-15 Hermann Abs, German banker to Adolf Hitler & Konrad Adenauer and director of Deutsche Bank (1938-45), born in Bonn, Germany (d. 1994)
  • 1904-04-21 Gijs van Hall, Dutch politician and Mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67), born in Amsterdam (d. 1977)
  • 1906-02-10 Walraven (Wally) van Hall, Dutch banker/resisted Nazis
  • 1909-05-21 Guy de Rothschild, French banker
  • 1909-12-21 George Ball, American politician and diplomat (US Ambassador to the UN, Under Secretary of State), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1994)
  • 1910-01-07 Alain JG de Rothschild, French banker/baron
  • 1916-08-30 Kenneth Keith, Lord Keith of Castleacre, English banker, born in Castle Acre, England (d. 2004)
  • 1917-08-12 Douglas Gunsekera, banker
  • 1918-01-17 Joseph Walker Barr, banker/politician
  • 1920-04-13 Roberto Calvi, Italian banker and director (Banco Ambrosiano), born in Milan, Italy (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)
  • 1925-04-09 Michael Richardson, British investment banker and advisor to Margaret Thatcher known as "Mr Privatisation", born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1925-10-24 Jayaram N. Reddy, South African politician
  • 1926-08-15 Lewis T Preston, American banker (President of the World Bank 1991-95), born in NYC, New York
  • 1927-07-20 Anthony Cavendish, British MI 6 agent/banker
  • 1928-05-29 Felix Rohatyn, American investment banker (NY Big MAC Bonds), born in Vienna, Austria

Person of interestJohn Gutfreund

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 and CEO (Hambros) (d. 2002)
  • 1931-03-29 Evelyn de Rothschild, English banker and multi-millionaire, born in Westminster, London
  • 1932-11-23 Michel David-Weill, French investment banker
  • 1933-01-17 Bruno Schroder, British baron/banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1934-04-20 Robert G Wilmers, American banker ( M&T Bank ), billionaire and philanthropist, born in New York (d. 2017)
  • 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 and multi-millionaire
  • 1940-04-16 Thomas Stonor, 7th Baron Camoys, British banker and deputy CEO (Barclays de Zoete Wedd), born in England
  • 1940-06-28 Muhammad Yunus, Bangladeshi banker (Grameen - microlending), economist (Nobel Peace Prize 2006), born in Chittagong, British India
  • 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 interestMario Draghi

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
  • 1949-08-30 Ted Ammon, American financier and investment banker, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2001)
  • 1955-04-18 Amschel Rothschild, British banker (executive chairman of Rothschild Asset Management of the Rothschild banking family of England), born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • 1967-02-25 Nick Leeson, British banker (Baring bank)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1880-05-06 Novelist Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot) (60) marries banker John Cross (40) at George's, London

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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Novelist Danielle Steel
Novelist
Danielle Steel

LoveWedding 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
  • 2007-09-08 Duchess Maria-Anna Henriette Gabrielle Julie in Bavaria (32) weds investment banker Klaus Runow near Munich, Germany
  • 2009-05-21 Prince Hubertus Michael von Sachsen-Coburg (33) weds investment banker Kelly Jeanne Rondestvedt on a civil ceremony in Coburg, Germany
  • 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding of Interest

2015-11-29 Actress and designer Mary-Kate Olsen (29) marries banker Oliver Sarkozy in New York

Twin Actress Mary-Kate Olsen
Twin Actress
Mary-Kate Olsen

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 and 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
  • 1837-04-17 Edouard viscount de Walckiers, South Netherland banker and politician, dies at 78
  • 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, American banker and Brigadier General (Union Army), dies of injury at about 40
  • 1864-07-25 Clement H. Stevens, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 42
  • 1875-01-22 Charles Sprague, American banker and poet (Curiosity), dies at 83
  • 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 Carel Wertheim, Dutch banker and philanthropist, dies at 64
  • 1905-05-26 Alphonse de Rothschild, French banker, dies
  • 1911-02-11 Albert Salomon Anselm von Rothschild, Austrian banker and member of the Rothschild banking family of Austria, dies at 66

Person of interestJ. P. Morgan

1913-03-31 J. P. Morgan, Sr. [John Pierpont], American financier and banker (General Electric, US Steel Corporation, AT&T), dies in his sleep at 75

Industrialist and Banker J. P. Morgan
Industrialist and Banker
J. P. Morgan
  • 1913-05-28 Lord Avebury [John Lubbock], British banker and politician, dies at 79
  • 1927-02-06 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, dies at 71

Person of interestAndrew Mellon

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
  • 1941-04-16 Josiah Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp, British civil servant, industrialist, economist, statistician and banker, dies at 60
  • 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)

Person of interestAmadeo Giannini

1949-06-03 Amadeo Giannini, American banker and entrepreneur (founded Bank of America), dies at 79

Banker and Entrepreneur Amadeo Giannini
Banker and Entrepreneur
Amadeo Giannini
  • 1951-04-23 Charles G. Dawes, 30th Vice President of the United States, banker and 1925 Nobel Peace Prize winner,, dies at 85
  • 1952-04-23 Julius Freed, American inventor & banker, dies at 64
  • 1956-10-06 Charles E. Merrill, American investment banker (Merrill Lynch), dies at 70
  • 1977-05-22 Gijs van Hall, Dutch politician and Mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67), dies at 73
  • 1977-07-30 Jorgen Ponto, West German banker, murdered
  • 1982-06-18 Roberto Calvi, Italian banker and director (Banco Ambrosiano), hangs himself at 62
  • 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 and advisor, dies at 58
  • 1993-10-21 Melchior Ndadaye, 1st Hutu President of Burundi (1993), murdered 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 & Konrad Adenauer and director of Deutsche Bank (1938-45), 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, American banker (President of the World Bank 1991-95), 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, British banker (executive chairman of Rothschild Asset Management of the Rothschild banking family of England), 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)
  • 2001-10-20 Ted Ammon, American financier and investment banker, bludgeoned to death at 52
  • 2002-11-07 Charles Hambro, English banker, multi-millionaire and CEO (Hambros), dies at 72
  • 2003-05-12 Michael Richardson, British investment banker and advisor to Margaret Thatcher known as "Mr Privatisation", dies at 78
  • 2004-09-01 Kenneth Keith, Lord Keith of Castleacre, English banker, dies at 88
  • 2005-07-31 Wim Duisenberg, Dutch banker (b. 1935)
  • 2010-12-18 Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian banker and economist (b. 1940)

Person of interestJohn Gutfreund

2016-03-09 John Gutfreund, American investment banker, CEO of Salomon Brothers (King of Wall Street), dies at 86

Investment Banker John Gutfreund
Investment Banker
John Gutfreund
  • 2017-12-17 Robert G Wilmers, American banker ( M&T Bank ), billionaire and philanthropist, dies at 83