Joseph Mendelssohn (1770 – 1848)

Joseph, Mendelssohn’s third child, established a bank at the age of twenty-five. The bank, Mendelssohn and Co. became one of the most important banks in Germany. From the 1850s, Mendelssohn and Co. acted as royal bankers to the Russians Czars and its Berlin branch continued operating through 1939 when it was absorbed into Deutsche Bank. Joseph was involved in spreading Enlightenment ideals in the Jewish community and was a patron a leading German writers such as the great German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859).

Joseph Mendelssohn - Banker