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The Goldschmidt family is a family of German Jewish descent, originally from Frankfurt am Main, known for their success in banking. With origins tracing back to the 14th century, most members were forced to leave Frankfurt after the 1614 Fettmilch uprising, and did not return until the 18th century.[1]

The family was interwoven particularly with the Bischoffsheim family of Mainz,[2]. The families conjointly managed Bischoffsheim, Goldschmidt & Cie bank, which was eventually merged into Banque de Crédit et de Dépôt des Pays-Bas in 1863, the forerunner to BNP Paribas.[3][4]

The English branch of the family Anglicised their name to Goldsmith, starting with Frank Goldsmith (1878–1967). Its most famous 20th century member was the billionaire James Goldsmith, whilst its most famous today is Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park.


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  1. ^ "Goldschmidt-Kassel". Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  2. ^ Kasper-Holtkotte, Cilli (2003). "Die Bischoffheims". Im Westen Neues: Migration und ihre Folgen : deutsche Juden als Pioniere jüdischen Lebens in Belgien, 18./19. Jahrhundert. Brill. pp. 181–186. ISBN 9004131094.
  3. ^ La Banque de Crédit et de Dépôt des Pays-Bas Archived 2009-03-27 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "From The Restauration To the Third Republic". BNP Paribus. Retrieved 6 April 2011.