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Beit, Sir Otto John, first baronet (1865–1930), financier, philanthropist, and art connoisseur, was born on 7 December 1865 in Hamburg, Germany, twelve years after his brother Alfred Beit. He was the third son of Siegfried Beit (1818–1881), silk merchant, and his wife, Laura Caroline Hahn (...

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Sir Otto John Beit, first baronet (1865–1930) by H. Walter Barnett © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brandt, Augustus Ferdinand (1835–1904), merchant banker, was born on 3 April 1835 at Archangel in Russia, the eldest son of Wilhelm Brandt (1802–1857), merchant, and his wife, Pauline Amburger. He came from a German merchant family that had been prominent in Russia's international trade since the end of the eighteenth century, with an agency in ...

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Huth, (John) Frederick Andrew [formerly (Johann) Friedrich Andreas] (1777–1864), merchant and merchant banker, was born at Stade, Hanover, on 29 October 1777, the second son of Johann Friedrich Huth (d. 1801), a soldier of the Scharnhorst regiment, and his wife, Marie Amelia (...

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Kleinwort, Sir Alexander Drake, first baronet (1858–1935), merchant banker, was born on 17 October 1858 at The Avenue, Grove Hill, in Camberwell, London, the second son and fourth child of Alexander Frederick Henry Kleinwort (1815–1886), founder of the family bank, Kleinwort, Sons & Co....

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Kleinwort, Alexander Frederick Henry [formerly Alexander Friedrich Heinrich] (1815–1886), merchant and merchant banker, was born on 18 November 1815, at Schloss Gerdeshagen, Satow, duchy of Mecklenburg, the fifth of eight children of Heinrich Kleinwort (1762–1831), a merchant of Altona, and his second wife, ...

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Knoop, (Carl) Julius Gerhard von, Baron von Knoop in the Prussian nobility (1822–1893), merchant and banker, was born on 17 November 1822 in Bremen, north Germany, the fifth of the eight children of Gerhard Knoop (1782–1862), a tobacco merchant, and his wife, Anna Rebecca (1793–1878)...

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Meinertzhagen, Daniel (1801–1869), merchant and merchant banker, was born at Bremen, Germany, on 8 December 1801, the eldest of at least four sons and four daughters of Daniel (IV) Meinertzhagen (1772–1859) and his wife, Meta Rebecca, daughter of George von Groning, who married in December 1800. The name of ...

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Schröder, Sir John Henry William [formerly Johann Heinrich Wilhelm], first baronet, and Baron Schröder in the Prussian nobility [known as Baron Sir John Henry Schröder] (1825–1910), merchant banker, was born on 13 February 1825 in Hamburg, Germany, and baptized Johann Heinrich Wilhelm...

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(Rudolph) Bruno Schröder, Baron Schröder in the Prussian nobility (1867–1940) by Philip A. de Laszlo The de László Foundation; Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Schröder, (Rudolph) Bruno, Baron Schröder in the Prussian nobility [known as Baron Bruno] (1867–1940), merchant banker, was born on 14 March 1867 in Hamburg, Germany, the eighth of the nine children of Johann Rudolph Schröder (1821–1887), merchant and merchant banker, and his wife, ...

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Schwabe, Gustav Christian (1813–1897), shipowner and financier, one of four sons of Philipp Benjamin Schwabe and his second wife, Rosalie Levi, was born in Hamburg on 10 May 1813. Philipp Schwabe, a very wealthy Jewish merchant, had an older son, Ludwig Philipp, from his first marriage, to a woman called ...