“The rule of 7” is a basic investing method that calculates that invested money in stocks and bonds doubles every 7 years at 7%. I used that rule to calculate Rothschild wealth.
In 1811, during the Napoleonic Wars, for example, Nathan Rothschild & Sons managed and financed various subsidies that the British government sent to its different allies and loaned funds to pay the British troops – almost single-handedly financing the British war effort. But he also began funding Napoleon Bonaparte in secret, and even used the war to grow his own business.
On July 18, 1815, a courier working for Rothschild informed the English government that Napoleon appeared to be suffering defeat at Waterloo. The English government, believing instead that they were losing the battle, dismissed the courier's report and believed it to be false information. At this point, with England's future seeming dire, Rothschild began selling all of his bonds, encouraging rumors that Napoleon had won and that English government paper would soon be worthless. Due to Rothschild's reputation as an influential, renowned and respected investor, the panicked English public followed his lead. The mass selling resulted in a total collapse of the English stock exchange. It was then that Rothschild's agents began snatching up bonds and stock at record-low prices. Two days later, when Wellington's envoy confirmed that Napoleon Bonaparte had indeed suffered a crushing defeat, Nathan Rothschild was effectively in control of the English stock exchange. As of 2015, the English government was still paying back money owed to the Rothschild family from this Napoleonic maneuver.
Nathan's timing and frugality has led to the saying, "buy on the sounds of cannons, sell on the sound of trumpets," referring to the fact that the start of war is a good time to invest in a nation and that the end of war is the time to sell.
The Rothschild’s financed the Napoleonic Wars from approximately 1803 to November 20, 1815. I estimated they earned $2M off of the Napoleonic Wars and the “Waterloo stock market plunge” they aided in the British stock market. I began with that figure of $2M.
They are today worth a minimum worth $2 quadrillion dollars. The figures below only account for money earned from the Napoleonic Wars. As you know they have financed almost all the wars since and I did not factor that money in, or the money they earn from the private Federal Reserve and other central banks around the world which is immense. They make Soros and Buffet look like paupers in comparison of overall wealth.
You will never see their wealth publicized in the media because they do not want the public to know how much they are worth.
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1945 $1.048, 576T
2015 $1.073,209 quadrillion
2022 $2.14748409 quadrillion