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If you've looked at anything in the conspiracy realm online, you've probably seen this 'meme' numerous times:
We will hear that 'researchers' or 'scholars' 'have found this to be true' or that it is 'widely believed.' There is not even $500 trillion in own-able wealth in the entire world. The total value of all property worldwide is about $200 trillion, and there is another approximately $150 trillion in financial assets (stocks, bonds, etc.). So total 'own-able' wealth is approximately $350 trillion. You have to ask, who is behind these ridiculous claims, that were obviously just made-up out of thin air? Here is an example of Rothschild BS masquerading as a legitimate documentary (everything in this clip is 100% made-up, starting at 21:28): /w atch?v=gxVONyqXMJg,
Let's list the major myths around the family.
Myth: The Rothschilds are worth $500 trillion and dominate the world economy
Reality (apparent): The Rothschilds are worth $40 billion, down from $350 billion at their peak in the 1800s, unsurprising since every family fortune in history has begun to rapidly diminish by the second or third generation, and in most cases eventually disappears completely. Preserving even $40 billion is an achievement relative to other non-royal dynasties. (The Rockefeller family worth declined from inflation-adjusted $340 billion in the 1930s to $10 billion today.) There is no evidence they control anything but two small banks. Even if the fortune is $100-150 billion, for which there's no evidence, that's still nowhere close to a dominating share. Here is an example of ridiculous stories that are actually believed by people under the grip of this myth:
Myth: The Rothschilds own the Fed and all central banks
Reality: The Rothschilds made a few large loans to one central bank (Bank of England) in the 1800s, and there is no evidence whatsoever they own or have ever owned any central bank, and or have nothing to do with the operation of any central bank currently.
Myth: Mayer Amschel Rothschild sent his five sons to set up central banks in all the large European countries
Reality: Nothing more than a fairy tale. Most of these countries did not even have central banks when his sons were dispatched across Europe, and in the case of the Bank of England, the only central bank the family had anything to do with, it was formed in the 1600s when the Rothschilds were a lower/middle-class family in Germany. The sons set up not central banks but commercial banks that at certain points lent money to governments.
Who are the perpetuators of these myths? Bill Still, G. Edward Griffin (unfortunately), David Icke, and many other big names. Alex Jones above all.
Who has been duped regarding some or all of these facts? Most of the 'truther' community, including myself to some extent (I believed the lie about the sons setting up some central banks)
Why was this done? To create a mythical bogeyman in Jews, freeing the large majority of non-Jews in the power structure from much blame. Jews tend to be relatively mobile and always have refuge in Israel, and thus cannot be held to account, so they are OK with being the scapegoat, while the majority of non-Jews would be less able to escape retribution. And if non-Jews in the Western power structure were just tools of the Rothschilds, there would be no need to eventually overthrow those corrupt governments, only to get rid of the 'Rothschild Jews' in them. Additionally, it creates a superhuman aura around the power elite and humiliates conspiracy researchers since they are no longer basing much of their worldview on real history or evidence, and are looking gullible and stupid by zealously spreading the most farfetched misinformation (e.g. 'they're worth $500 trillion!') to outsiders.
This video really shows the comical absurdity of the theory 'the Illuminati are the Rothschilds:' (cannot find at moment but will post soon)
The wealthiest Rothschilds in the world are Evelyn de Rothschild of the British family (father of well-known David de Rothschild), who is worth $20 billion, Jacob de Rothschild (also of British family, the alleged '$500 trillion man'), $5 billion (just 100,000x off, no big deal), Benjamin de Rothschild (French family), $3 billion. Other high-profile, non-billionaire members are David Mayer Rothschild (son of Evelyn) and David Rene de Rothschild (chairman World Jewish Congress). The British Rothschild family is the wealthiest, followed by the French family. There are no other significantly wealthy branches. The total asset value of all Rothschild-related companies is about $60 billion, of which the family owns about 70%. Rio Tinto was the most recent company that the family had significant ownership in (peak ownership of 30% in 1905), but that sharply decreased beginning about 100 years ago. There is currently no significant Rothschild ownership (i.e. nothing even approaching 1%) in Rio Tinto. The collective wealth of family members including holdings in the below companies can be estimated at somewhere around $50 billion. Maybe there's more somewhere, but that's the total that can be identified, and there isn't any coherent reason to believe that figure is wrong.
Here are the major ventures members of the family are involved in:
Concordia BV (primary Rothschild family holding company)
Holding company controlled by English and French Rothschild families, owns 72.5% of Rothschild & Co. and its subsidiary bank N.M. Rothschild & Sons
Known assets: about $40 billion
Rothschild Continuation Holdings / Rothschild & Co.
Chairman: David Rene de Rothschild
CEO: Nigel Higgins
Total assets: $52 billion
Revenue: $1.4 billion
Profit: $144 million
Owned 72.5% by Concordia BV, remaining 27.5% apparently by non-family interests
N.M. Rothschild & Sons aka Rothschild Group
Chairman: Evelyn de Rothschild
CEO: Peter Smith
Owned by Rothschild Continuation Holdings
Was world's largest bank in early/mid 1800s. The majority of recent past and present high-level figures at both N.M. Rothschild and the below RIT Capital appear to have been non-Jews.
Revenues & profits included in Rothschild & Co.
Other significant ventures:
RIT Capital Partners PLC ('Rothschild Investment Trust')
Chairman & Founder: Jacob de Rothschild
CEO: Jonathan Kestenbaum
Net income: $206 million
Assets: $2.6 billion
Founded by Jacob de Rothschild after he left N.M. Rothschild & Sons in 1980 due to dispute with Evelyn de Rothschild
The corporate assets of N.M. Rothschild and RIT Capital cover an extremely broad spectrum of industries, none of them having any notable relation to Jewish causes or companies. Other ventures not under the auspices of above companies include comparatively small holdings of vineyards and other real estate, some of which are residences of Rothschild family members.
Regarding central banks, yes the Rothschilds did have a hand in forming some central banks in the early 1800s. Other families had a hand in forming the early central banks of the US prior to the Fed. Of the five banks represented at Jekyll Island, Warburg (who was acting as an agent for multiple European banking families, including his own and the Rothschilds) was one.
Frequently a claim is made that J.P. Morgan was a 'lieutenant for the Rothschilds.' There is no evidence for this. It's a ridiculous extrapolation from two facts: A) JP Morgan's banks acted as agents for the Rothschilds in some US transactions and B) JP Morgan only owned 19% of his banks when he died. So people make the insane leap that because Morgan was an associate of Rothschild family and did work for their banks at some points of his life, they must have owned the other 81% of his banks (rather than a large variety of shareholders as is the case with most banks and large companies, with 19% actually being a large founder's holding) even though there's no evidence they were the owners of that stock. Then on top of that they call him a 'lieutenant' as if there was some international Rothschild-run organization with a ranking system, when there's no indication anywhere that this was the case, not even hearsay. It just appears to come from the imagination (to use a polite term) of people who want to pin everything on Jews (or from cointelpro). Based on this completely made-up 'fact' I have strong doubts about the claim of 'one-third of world's wealth' etc. that have been thrown around.
Like most heirs and heiresses of the 19th and 20th centuries, the vast majority of the Rothschilds simply sought to preserve their wealth and went into more pleasurable occupations in the arts and sciences, wine-making, horse-breeding, car-racing, etc. Dynasties rarely last more than one or two generations, and even then slowly or rapidly diminish in value, not go up. The most dynamic figures of the Rothschild dynasty were really limited to the first 2-3 generations, with occasional people like Evelyn de Rothschild popping up at certain points. The Rothschild family at its peak was worth $350 billion in today's money. No dynasty has ever preserved wealth for as long as they are claimed to, and have never preserved all the wealth. It's literally never happened. Assuming there is much hidden elsewhere, I think a very liberal estimate for total family wealth would be $100-150 billion, nowhere close to a dominating share when there is $350T in wealth and $10-15T+ in extremely concentrated wealth out there.
The more I look into whether there was anything behind claims that Jews dominate the global power structure, the more it's clear that it is a psy-op far more insidious, broader, and longer-running than Flat Earth. Look at any comments section on any major conspiracy-related video, and you'll see hundreds of ridiculous, evidence-free attribution of the crimes in question to Jews and Israel, plus Bible quotes, etc. The reason it's insidious is because there are a lot of Jews in the power structure, and because they are highly over-represented. There's also the fact that Western power structure has made Israel its cause in the Middle East and via Hitler and the Holocaust have made Jews a 'protected group' they can invoke to attack researchers looking into events like 9/11 and the Holocaust. I haven't been completely fooled, but I have been fooled to some extent and ascribed them as a group far more power than they actually have.
The small neo-Nazi and Klan scenes have long been the sectors of activism most heavily infiltrated (fabricated, really) by federal agents. Some have estimated that the majority of neo-Nazi leaders as well as members are agents. When this kind of activism was on the verge of dying off, the feds have stepped in and tried to revive it. Why?
I believe the specter of Jewish domination is being set up as a last-ditch escape hatch or 'pressure valve' for the real power structure, where if there is ever a worldwide French Revolution event, the population will be duped into believing the Jews were behind it all and that their governments and non-Jews in the power structure were essentially not to blame, and the vast majority of non-Jews that make up the power structure would be spared from retribution and perhaps allowed to remain in power. At the very least, it would muddy the waters and create a moral grey area where there was not one.
But above all that, it just makes it easier to live your life as a non-Jewish member of the power structure, because an apparently increasing percentage of dupes in the truth movement will believe you're not really at the top, that you're one of the more noble elites, even that you're almost a victim acting at the behest of hidden Jews.
If I'm off-base and there is evidence for these fantastical claims about the family, I'd like to hear it.
Last Edited By: psmith85 Nov 18 16 7:35 AM. Edited 13 times