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Famous Bankers from Germany

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List of notable or famous bankers from Germany, with bios and photos, including the top bankers born in Germany and even some popular bankers who immigrated to Germany. If you're trying to find out the names of famous German bankers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These bankers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known banker from Germany is included when available.

This is a list that includes people like Alfred Herrhausen and Jürgen Ponto.

This historic bankers from Germany list can help answer the questions "Who are some German bankers of note?" and "Who are the most famous bankers from Germany?" These prominent bankers of Germany may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected German bankers.

Use this list of renowned German bankers to discover some new bankers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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  • 1
    Dec. at 58 (1776-1835)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    Abraham Ernst Mendelssohn Bartholdy (born Abraham Mendelssohn; 10 December 1776 – 19 November 1835) was a German banker and philanthropist. He was the father of Felix Mendelssohn, Rebecka...  more
  • 2
    Dec. at 70 (1934-2005)

    BirthplaceCologne, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    Alfred Paul Ernst Freiherr von Oppenheim (May 5, 1934 – January 5, 2005), known in America as Alfred Oppenheim, was a German billionaire and banker. Born in Cologne, Germany, Oppenheim was a...  more
  • 3
    Dec. at 59 (1930-1989)

    BirthplaceEssen, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    Alfred Herrhausen (30 January 1930 – 30 November 1989) was a German banker and the Chairman of Deutsche Bank, who was assassinated in 1989. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg...  more
  • 4
    Dec. at 87 (1763-1850)

    NationalityGermany

    Alois Joseph Dessauer (born Aron Baruch Dessauer; February 21, 1763, Gochsheim - April 11, 1850, Aschaffenburg) was a famous German court banker (Court Jew). He was the son of Baruch Dessauer. He...  more
  • 5
    Dec. at 82 (1773-1855)

    BirthplaceFree City of Frankfurt

    NationalityGerman Confederation, Germany

    Baron Amschel Mayer von Rothschild (12 June 1773 – 6 December 1855) was a German Jewish banker of the wealthy Rothschild family. He was the second child and eldest son of Mayer Amschel Rothschild...  more
  • 6

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Andreas Raymond Dombret (born January 16, 1960 in the United States) is German-American banker. He was the Vice-Chairman of Bank of America Global Investment Banking in Europe, the Middle East and...  more
  • 7

    BirthplaceGermany

    NationalityGermany

    August von Finck Jr. (born 1930) is a Swiss-based German billionaire businessman....  more
  • 8
    Dec. at 63 (1829-1893)

    BirthplaceDarmstadt, Germany

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Bailey Gatzert (December 29, 1829 – April 19, 1893) was an American politician and the eighth mayor of Seattle, Washington, serving from 1875 to 1876. He was the first Jewish mayor of Seattle,...  more
  • 9
    Dec. at 82 (1850-1933)

    BirthplaceGdańsk, Poland

    NationalityGermany

    Carl Fürstenberg (August 28, 1850 – February 9, 1933) was one of the most prominent German bankers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and was responsible for the revival of the...  more
  • 10
    Dec. at 66 (1788-1855)

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    NationalityItaly, Germany

    Carl Mayer Freiherr von Rothschild (April 24, 1788 – March 10, 1855) was a German-born banker in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and the founder of the Rothschild banking family of Naples....  more
  • 11
    Dec. at 62 (1871-1933)

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    Carl Melchior (October 13, 1871 – December 30, 1933) was born in Hamburg. Melchior studied law and eventually was appointed a judge, and later became a German banker and vice-president of the Bank...  more
  • 12
    Dec. at 69 (1838-1908)

    BirthplaceMainz, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    Charles Hallgarten, or Charles/Karl Lazarus Hallgarten (18 November 1838, Mainz – 19 April 1908, Frankfurt/Main) was a German banker and philanthropist. His father was Lazarus Hallgarten and his...  more
  • 13
    Dec. at 76 (1723-1799)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    Daniel Itzig (also known as Daniel Yoffe 18 March 1723 in Berlin – 17 May 1799 in Potsdam) was a Court Jew of Kings Frederick II the Great and Frederick William II of Prussia....  more
  • 14
    Dec. at 74 (1790-1864)

    BirthplaceFinkenwerder, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    David Justus Ludwig Hansemann (12 July 1790 – 4 August 1864) was a Prussian politician and banker, serving as the Prussian Minister of Finance in 1848....  more
  • 15
    Dec. at 69 (1852-1921)

    BirthplaceCologne, Germany

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Germany

    Sir Ernest Joseph Cassel, (3 March 1852 – 21 September 1921) was a British merchant banker and capitalist. Born and raised in Prussia, he moved to Britain at the age of 17....  more
  • 16
    Dec. at 66 (1871-1937)

    BirthplaceHamburg, Germany

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Felix Moritz Warburg (January 14, 1871 – September 20, 1937) was a German-born American banker. He was a member of the Warburg banking family of Hamburg, Germany....  more
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  • 18
    Dec. at 48 (1890-1939)

    BirthplaceStuttgart, Germany

    NationalityNetherlands, German Empire, Germany

    Fritz Sjölin Mannheimer (19 September 1890 – 9 August 1939) was a German-born and, from 1936, Dutch banker and art collector who was the director of the Amsterdam branch of the Berlin-based...  more
  • 19
    Dec. at 70 (1822-1893)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    Gerson von Bleichröder (22 December 1822 – 18 February 1893) was a Jewish German banker. Bleichröder was born in Berlin. He was the eldest son of Samuel Bleichröder, who founded the banking firm of...  more
  • 20
    Dec. at 60 (1463-1523)

    BirthplaceLandau, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    Jan Boner (before 1463–1523), also known as Hans Boner, was a German-born Polish merchant and banker. He was one of the wealthiest people of his time in Europe. Born before 1463 in Landau in...  more
  • 21
    Dec. at 92 (1901-1994)

    BirthplaceBonn, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    Hermann Josef Abs (15 October 1901 in Bonn – 5 February 1994 in Bad Soden) was a German banker. He was a member of the board of directors of Deutsche Bank from 1938 to 1945, as well as of 44 other...  more
  • 22
    Dec. at 69 (1661-1730)

    BirthplaceEssen, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    Issachar Berend Lehmann, Berend Lehmann, Yissakhar Bermann Segal, Yissakhar ben Yehuda haLevi, Berman Halberstadt (April 23, 1661 in Essen, Westphalia – July 9, 1730 in Halberstadt, Kingdom of...  more
  • 23

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Ivan L. Wilzig (born January 6, 1956) is an American recording artist and songwriter who is best known for his pop-dance remakes of 1960s and early 1970s peace songs. He created The Peaceman...  more
  • 24
    Dec. at 66 (1459-1525)

    BirthplaceAugsburg, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    Jakob Fugger of the Lily (German: Jakob Fugger von der Lilie) (6 March 1459 – 30 December 1525), also known as Jakob Fugger the Rich or sometimes Jakob II, was a major German merchant, mining...  more
  • 25
    Dec. at 73 (1847-1920)

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Jacob Henry Schiff (born Jakob Heinrich Schiff; January 10, 1847 – September 25, 1920) was an American banker, businessman, and philanthropist. Among many other things, he helped finance the...  more