Top 50 Expensive Billionaire Rothschild Family Purchases

The Billionaire Rothschild Family own some of the most expensive items ever! Today Vidello Productions looks at the Top 50 Expensive Billionaire Rothschild Family Purchases.

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50. Villa Rothschild

Owned by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild, a member of the Rothschild Banking Dynasty, this massive estate has no less than five gardens, each with a different theme.

The rose-colored villa overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and the gardens have been classified by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.

Baroness Béatrice filled the home with works of art, antique furniture and also amassed a rare collection of porcelin.

Upon her death in 1937 she donated the property to the Institut de France and it has now become a tourist attraction.

49. Bugatti Atlantic

Only four Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic cars were ever built and was owned by British Politician, Victor Rothschild in 1936 with the car later having a supercharger fitted at the original factory.

The car was sold in 1971 long after Rothschild had finished owning it for around $59,000, a record price for a car at the time and later sold again in 2010 for $40 Million.

Current day rumors suggest that Bugatti may be considering bringing this back…. would you buy one? Let us know in the comments!

48. Mentmore Towers

This 19th-century English country house built between 1852 and 1854 and was owned by several members of the Rothschild Family, most noteably, Banker Baron Mayer De Rothschild.

Known simply as Mentmore, the home, located in Buckinghamshire was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton and his son-in-law, George Henry Stokes.

The stately home is one of a number of Rothschild properties in the area and Baron Rothschild began buying land in the area as early as 1846.

The property remained with the family until 1977 when it was sold to the Maharishi Foundation and later turned into a country club and golf course.

47. Planet Nine Yacht

Costing $102,000,000 dollars, Planet Nine Yacht has its own beach club, spa, helipad and below-deck hangar and refueling facility.

Owned by British-born financier Nathanial Rothschild, this massive yacht features a private area of over 300 square meters divided into two distinct areas for the owner.

Interior features include a 119 inch cinema screen, panoramic observatory lounge, two elevators and several elegant and contemporary relaxation areas offering great privacy.

46. Rolex Collection

Rolex watches are abound in the Rothschild family with many being owned by different members including​ Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Jacob Rothschild and Benjamin de Rothschild.

Watches owned include the Rolex Submariner, Rolex Presidential and Rolex Daytona which comes with a price tag of $60,000 dollars.

45. Halton House

Located in the Chiltern Hills above the village of Halton in Buckinghamshire, sits Halton House, a grand stately home that once belonged to Alfred Freiherr de Rothschild.

He inherited the estate, which covers over 1500 acres, in 1879 from his father, Lionel Freiherr de Rothschild who purchased it in 1853.

The home includes a large central hall, grand salon, east and west drawing rooms, billiards room and dining room.

The winter garden, a large conservatory is attatched to the house and the home was filled with 18th-century French furniture.

44. Rushbrooke Estate

One of Suffolk’s largest and most distinguished country estates, Rushbrooke recently hit the market for over $24 million dollars and covers 1,720-acres.

Bought, in 1938, by Lord Rothschild the estate was badly damaged by fire in 1961 and part of the hall was demolished with the house now featuring 7 bedrooms.

Other features on this vast estate includes two staff cottages, two secondary farm- houses and Rushbrooke village which includes 26 properties that generate considerable rental income over £130,000 per year.

43. Hispano-Suiza K6

Introduced in 1931, the incredible 9.5 liter twelve-cylinder Hispano-Suiza K6 model was owned by Anthony Gustav and originated in spain.

Gustav de Rothschild had a passion for exotic cars and his limo featured a teardrop–shaped closed passenger compartment and a top speed of 88 mph.

Featuring a V12 engine the cars cost around £20,000 in 1953 and today would be worth close to £300,000 pounds.

42. Waddesdon Manor

Located in the village of Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire, this stately home and estate joins many others in the area owned by the banking family.

Now owned by the National Trust, the mansion is still managed by the Rothschild foundation and is one of the most visited sites in the country with over 463,000 visitors in 2019.

The mansion has some incredible underground wine cellars which hold over 15,000 bottles of wine and is currently the largest collection of Rothschild wines in the world.

A number of 18th century portraits as well as tapestries and furniture adorne the home and there are large gardens with a cast iron Aviary that is filled with exotic birds and endangered species.

41. Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster

Owned by Victor Rothschild, who later became 3rd Baron Rothschild, this 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster is today worth close to $7,100,000.

The car features a 4-Speed Manual Transmission, 4-Wheel Cable-Operated Drum Brakes and an Inline 8-Cylinder supercharged Engine.

Described as one of the true icons of automobile design, the Bugatti was owned by Victor Rothschild when he was just 22 years old while studying at Trinity College Cambridge.

40. Bombardier Global 6000

Moving closer to the present day and we once again, delve into the lifestyle of Nathanial Rothschild and his $62.31 million dollar Bombadier Global 6000 private jet.

Holding up to 17 passengers and flying up to 6,900 miles, this plane has a top speed of 950 km/h and is powered by twin Turbofan, Rolls-Royce BR700 engines.

Everything can be done on Rothschilds private jet, from conducting business meetings to sleeping and he has access to Ka-band internet technology, keeping him connected throughout the entire journey.

Advanced soundproofing materials on the jet allow for a comfortable nights sleep and you can connect a range of devices within the aircraft including Apple TV, Blu-ray DVD players and even a Playstation 4.

39. Flint House

Located on the Waddesdon Estate in Buckinghamshire, England, Flint House is a fairly new domestic dwelling that was comissioned by Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild and was completed in 2015.

Surrounded by grass pastures and arable fields, the home is currently used to accommodate visitors including academics and artists working on projects at Waddesdon Manor.

Accesible only from a small dirt track, the house features an open-plan ground floor, three bedrooms and a bathroom with sunken bath.

While inside the house, water is visible through a glass floor which seems to create a bridge from the drawing room and elements of fire and ice have also been included in construction and won the Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year Award in 2015.

38. Trimiran Yacht

Standing 32 meters tall, the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild trimaran is powered by a crew of 35 and is described as an open ocean greyhound.

Designed to take on the solo non-stop around the world race called the Ultime Challenge, this Trimiran Yacht features T-foil rudders and L-shaped foils.

Fitted out by Benjamin de Rothschild, she is in a new generation of large flying offshore trimarans that almost gain flight as they sail through the ocean.

37. Exbury estate

Lionel de Rothschild bought the Exbury estate in 1919 and covers 2600 acres and features Exbury House, a grade II listed building also known as Exbury Manor that dates from the 13th century.

Home to a 200 acre woodland garden, The Exbury Estate fetures a working narrow-gauge steam railway, repica train station and celebrates over 100 years of gardening history.

The Inspiration of enthusiast Leopold de Rothschild, the railway was built in 2001, contains 1 1/2 miles of track and the train seats up to 90 people.

The platform on the estate is inspired by Aviemore Station in Scotland and the engine shed features graphics, videos and memorabilia recalling steam’s heyday and the construction of Exbury’s railway.

36. Corfu Villa

Located in Kerasia beach, Corfu, Greece sits this amazing Rothschild family Villa that has been visited by many famous people, none more notable than HRH Prince Charles and Wife Camilla Parker Bowles.

Featuring unique architecture that has dominated the landscape for the last 40 years, the villa gardens are filled with ancient pines, waterfalls and rich vegetation.

A favourite summer retreat for Princess Diana, it features an impressive beach with white pebbles and crystal clear blue waters.

The villa features a large pavillion and swimming pool and is nicknamed Kensington-on-Sea for its noteriety as a hub of holidaying high society.

35. Tring Park Mansion

This large country house, located in Tring, Hertfordshire has been known as ‘The Mansion’ and ‘The house at Tring Park’.

Owned, by various members of the Rothschild family from 1838 to 1945, the mansion was originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 1680s.

Considerably expanded in the 1780s and again in the 1880s, it is now home to the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

Sitting on over 3,643 acres, the estate also includes the manors of Miswell, Hastoe, Dunsley and Willstone and was purchased for £230,000, some £8 Million pounds in today’s money.

Today the estate is split in two after the opening of the A41 Tring Bypass.

34. Langau Estate, Austria

Known simply as Langau to the locals, this large hunting estate is almost as large as the island of Manhattan and covers over 5,412 hectares.

Purchased by Albert von Rothschild, of the family’s Austrian line in 1875, he worked his whole life to reverse work done by illegal logging and set up his own forestry and gaming enterprises.

The estate, which includes two power plants and a grand Tyrolean-style lodge was later sold by Rothschild heirs Nancy Clarice Tilghman and Geoffrey R. Hoguet for $112.35 million dollars.

33. Château de Pregny

Sometimes referred to as the Rothschild Castle, Château de Pregny is located in the municipality of Pregny-Chambésy of the Canton of Geneva in Switzerland.

Built in 1858 by the Swiss banker, Adolphe Carl de Rothschild, it passed to Maurice de Rothschild who was from the French line of the family who then left it to his son, Edmond Adolphe de Rothschild.

Currently still in the family, the property is lived in by Nadine de Rothschild, Edmond’s widow and is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.

32. Manhattan Duplex

Located in one of Manhattan’s most exclusive buildings, this massive apartment was owned by Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild but hit the market in 2019.

Estimated to be worth $22.5 Million dollars, the home covers 7,000 square feet and has over 17 rooms that include six-bedrooms, great room with east river views, master suite wing and large dining room.

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, wife of billionaire financier Sir Evelyn de Rothschild owned the flat for two decades and had access to The River Club which includes a Tennis court, squash courts, a gym and a restaurant.

31. Shorncliffe Lodge

Located in Sandgate, Kent, England, Shorncliffe Lodge was owned by Aline Caroline de Rothschild and was later sold to fund the building of Port Lympne Mansion.

The building is grade two listed and the area still has strong Rothschild links to this day with many in the family line owning property there since the early nineteenth century.

30. Bitcoin

Not many people are aware that, YES! the Rothschild corporation arm of the family does indeed have a stake in the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.

The Chicago-based Rothschild Investment Corporation currently owns around 30,454 shares in the Bitcoin Greyscale Trust and although they initially sold their stake in 2017, it was re-purchased in 2019.

Owned by Digital Currency Group, the Greyscale foundation is the world’s largest asset manager for digital currency with reported holdings of up to $20.2 billion dollars in assets.

29. 18 Kensington Palace Gardens

Located in the heart of London’s embassy land, this tree-lined avenue is half a mile long and is home to some of the most expensive houses in the country.

The large mansion, which sits on land owned by the crown estate, was purchased by Lionel de Rothschild and lived in until 1942.

He renovated and remodelled the property adding a luxurious garden and garage and also a lift.

The property is, today estimated to be worth $50 million dollars and is currently owned by Indian steel billionaire Lackshmi Mittal.

28. Champneys

This magnificent country house located in Tring, Hertfordshire is today used as a Spa resort, however it was purchased by Lady Rothschild in 1900 and dates back to 1307.

Also owned by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury in 1535, the estate features a French Second Empire styled house which replaced the original home in 1874.

27. Thrift cottage

Another magnificent home, located in Tring, Hertfordshire, it was built in the 19th century by the Rothschild family and is thought to have an estimated price tag of £1.85 million pounds.

Featuring a 56-foot swimming pool and hot tub, the home also features a large conservatory and a Japanese garden.

Other features included in this home are a double garage, games room and a 1.84-acre garden with a mixture of modern and period features.

26. Agora Oil & Gas

Purchased some time in 2009 by Lord Rothschild, this comapny, named Agora Oil & Gas, was sold in 2012 for £281 million pounds.

Owned through the Rothschild investment fund its thought he made a £73 million profit on its 40% stake.

The company focuses mainly on drilling and oil exploration in areas of the North Sea, located off the coast of both scotland and the Netherlands.

25. Ascott House

This Grade II listed building is located in the hamlet of Ascott near Wing in Buckinghamshire, England, sits on a 3,200-acre estate and was originally owned by Baron Mayer de Rothschild before later passing to his nephew Leopold de Rothschild.

His nephew Leopold de Rothschild transformed the home and it is his work that is what you see today and the home later passed to Anthony Gustav de Rothschild.

The home includes a suite of reception rooms, common room, drawing room and large library which was once a Billiards Room.

24. Hamilton Palace

Built between 1807 and 1810 by Thomas Leverton for Leopold de Rothschild, 5 Hamilton Place was a private members club and, today, is an exclusive gambling establishment with sixteen tables for American roulette, baccarat, blackjack and Three Card Poker.

Featuring a large oak staircase and oval ceiling fresco in the Marble Room, the building was famous for having a nightclub, Garrison Room, in the basement in 1961.

Still going strong, the building was recently on the market for £50 million and, is today, owned by a Chinese businessman who also owns Birmingham City Football Club.

23. Château de Ferrières

Built between 1855 and 1859 for Baron James de Rothschild, this large French château is located in central France, some 26 km east of Paris.

Filled with a vast collection of works of art, they were looted by the Germans in WW2 and the château later passed to Guy de Rothschild in 1959.

Guy and his wife held many parties at the home for the cream of society that included famous faces such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.

22. Ashton Estate

Located in Northamptonshire, the Ashton Estate is still run by the Rothschild family to this day and features several large commercial operations and historic estate buildings.

Aston is a very private estate and enrty requires an invite by written invitation only with a £1000 pentaly issued if anyone is caught on the estate without a prior invite.

The estate also features the Morgans Close Nursing Home that caters for 49 residents and is located in Polebrook Village but is not run by the estate.

Residences on-site include a five bedroom listed Manor House and several two bedroom cottages, however no Rothschild family members currently live on the estate.

21. Aston Clinton House

Often referred to as simply ‘Aston Clinton’ by many members of the Rothschild family, this large family home was located close to the village of Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire, England.

Originally owned by Lady Louise de Rothschild, the home was passed onto her two daughters in 1910 and was mainy used as a holiday home in the summer.

The home was lent to the Cabinet War Office during the First World War and by the Second World War, had become the Green Park Hotel.

Today the estate is used by Buckinghamshire County Council as a training site for young people and the only remains of this former mansion are the stables and gardens.

20. Hispano-Suiza J12

Another car in the collection of the Rothschild family empire, the Hispano-Suiza J12 was made in France from 1931 to 1938 and featured a powerful V12 Engine.

One of the more expensive Hispano-Suiza chassis, the J12 was owned by Anthony Gustav de Rothschild in 1934 and was favoured by Anthony’s wife, Yvonne.

The car had a top speed of 108 mph and was almost as fast as some fighter planes of the time.

19. Luxury Antique Furniture Collection

The Luxury Antique Furniture Collection of the Rothschild family is vast and many still adorne their mansions and stately homes.

A recent sale at Sotherby’s in London included over 52 lots of furniture, paintings and works of art collected by members of the Rothschild family.

These included a pair of late Louis XV period marble-topped steel and ormolu consoles worth £2 million pounds and a Louis XV commode worth £1.55 million pounds.

A mechanical minute dial by Julien Le Roy sold for £1.55 million pounds and a Venetian casket, once owned by Baron Gustave de Rothschild, sold for close to £600,000 pounds.

The current collection of furniture paintings and works of art in the family are worth into the Billions.

18. Gunnersbury Park

Located in the London Borough of Hounslow between Acton, Brentford, Chiswick and Ealing, Gunnersbury Park was purchased in 1835 by merchant and financier Nathan Mayer Rothschild shortly before his death.

Both the Park, large and small mansions were later aquired by the family in 1889 and they purchased most of the Old Brentford Common Field to the west, as well as land to the north.

The estate passed to Leopold de Rothschild who died in 1925 and was later sold by Leopold’s wife, Maria, and son Lionel to Ealing and Acton Councils for £130,000 pounds.

17. Southcourt Stud Breeding Farm

Rothschild family members have been successfully breeding and racing thoroughbreds in England and around the world for the last 150 years.

Owned by Leopold de Rothschild, a keen race-goer, Southcourt Stud Breeding Farm near Leighton Buzzard was passed to him by his father.

Many winners were bred here and one of his horses won the Epsom Derby in 1879.

16. Hôtel Lambert

This grand mansion townhouse, located in Paris was purchased by Baron Guy de Rothschild in 1975 and used the home as his full-time paris residence.

Originally set into several luxury apartments, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage-listed building and was in need of considerable repair.

Thought to be worth close to 80 million euros, the home was sold to Prince Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani, the brother of the Emir of Qatar.

15. New York NoHo Penthouse

Owned by James and Nicky Hilton Rothschild, this New York family home is filled with family heirlooms and features a large open plan kitchen and dining room as well as a nursery for their daughter.

The couple also own a home in the hamptons where they have been living since the pandemic began in 2020.

14. Eythrope House

Located in Waddesdon, in Buckinghamshire, this country home is located to the south east of the main village and was purchased by the Rothschild family in the 1870’s.

The home is still in the family to this day and is grade II listed on both the National Heritage List for England and the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

Currently owned by Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, it is operated as a private home and the gardens continue to grow fruit and vegetables for the estate.

Previous owners of the home include James Armand de Rothschild, Dorothy de Rothschild and Alice de Rothschild who purchased the home in 1875.

13. Ferrari California

Once owned by the late Benjamin de Rothschild, heir to the French Banking Fortune, he often drove fast cars like the Ferrari California and was once described as an Adreneline Junky.

His Ferrari California cost upwards of $150,000 dollars and has a top speed of 193 mph and a 0–60 speed of 3.6 seconds.

12. Vaux-de-Cernay Abbey

Purchased by Charlotte de Rothschild in the 1880’s, Vaux-de-Cernay Abbey has a long history that began when it was founded in 1118.

One of its many abbots was chosen to acompany the the Fourth Crusade in 1203 and by the end of the fourteenth century, the Abbey had begun to fall into diss-repair.

Charlotte de Rothschild fully restored the abbey to its former glory and is today, a hotel with a capacity for 1,200 people and is complete with a helipad and restaurant.

The hotel still uses the spring as the monks did over 900 years ago.

11. Château Lafite

The first known references to Lafite estate date back too 1234 and in 1868, Baron James de Rothschild, head of the french line of the family, purchased Château Lafite.

He passed away three months after purchasing the estate and it then passed onto his three sons, Alphonse, Gustave and Edmond.

Covering 74 hectares of vineyards, the estate is famous for its wine making and still sells wine to this day being owned and run by French banker and philanthropist, Baron Eric de Rothschild.

10. Château Mouton Rothschild

This large Wine estate, located in the the Médoc region, 50 km north-west of the city of Bordeaux, France, was the personal wine estate of Nathaniel de Rothschild in 1853.

Its vineyards mainly produce grapes of the Cabernet Sauvignon variety and cover over 222 acres of land with the wine fermented in oak vats and then matured in new oak casks.

Thanks to Baron Philippe de Rothschild, each year’s wine label is designed by a famous artist of the day and labels were designed by Francis Bacon and even Picasso.

The famous wine, produced at the estate, featured in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever starring the late Sean Connery.

9. Rio Tinto Mining Corporation

Currently the world’s second largest metals and mining corporation, this Anglo-Australian powerhouse focuses mainly on the extraction and refining of iron ore.

Purchased by the Rothschild family at the end of the 1880s, and following considerable expansion, the corparation became the world’s leading producer of copper.

Several mergers and aquisitions have made this one of the most succesful mining opeerations in the world, worth close to $30.26 billion dollars.

8. Spencer House

Described as the most magnificent 18th-century aristocratic palace in London, the Spencer House lease passed to J. Rothschild Holdings plc in 1985.

Originally built and owned by the first Earl Spencer in 1758, the former home is now a museum and is regularly open to the public except on weekends.

Now managed by Rothschild firm RIT Capital Partners plc, Spencer house was restored to its former glory thanks to one of the most ambitious restoration projects to be undertaken in the 20th century.

7. Luxury Yachts

For years, many of the Rothschild family sailed on yachts as past times and in the 19th century, Mayer Rothschild sailed on the Garland.

Arthur de Rothschild sailed on his Eros yacht in 1875 and later become a founder-member of the French Yacht Club.

Eros sank off the Swedish coast in 1922 after hitting a reef and the nephew of Arthur later build Eros II, a 1000 ton vessel.

This magnificent ship had all the trappings of luxury and a crew of 33 while in 1906 Lionel de Rothschild broke the world water-speed record of 28 knots .

6. Compagnie Financière

One of the world’s top interdealer broking firms, Compagnie Financière was established by Edmond Adolphe de Rothschild in 1953.

Currently directed by his son, Benjamin de Rothschild, the company is etablished in over 30 countries and is a part of Edmond de Rothschild Group.

The company manages a number of activities including Financial planning, Life insurance, Fund Management and Open architecture management.

French banker Ariane de Rothschild also sits on the board of Directors.

5. Hôtel de Pontalba

Another large townhouse located in paris, Hôtel de Pontalba is currently the official residence of the United States Ambassador to France.

Constructed and finished in 1855, the mansion became the property of Baron Edmond James de Rothschild in 1876.

The baron carried out extensive rennovations to the property with only the original gatehouse and portals intact.

The mansion passed to Baron Maurice de Rothschild before WW2 and was requisitioned by the Germans as an officers’ club for the Luftwaffe during the war.

After the war the home left the Rothschild family and was sold to the Americans for use with the United States Information Service.

4. Glencore Mining

The glencore mining corporation owns a number of mines throughout Australia including McArthur River Mine and the Mount Owen Complex.

The company has revenues in excess of $11.6 billion dollars and over 145,000 employees while operations take place in 35+ countries.

Part owned by Nathanial Rothschild after a $25 million dollar bond investment in 2009, the company had total assest of $124 billion dollars in 2019.

3. De Haar Castle

Founded in some form during 1391, De Haar Castle remained the property of the De Haar family until 1440 when the last male heir died childless.

Rebuilt during the early 16th century after a fire destroyed much of the original castle and in 1887 Baroness Hélène de Rothschild married the owner of the castle, Baron van Zuylen van Nyevelt van de Haar.

The baroness financed a complete refurbishment of the castle and it currently has 200 rooms and 30 bathrooms.

Many refernces to the Rothschild Family can be found in the castle with family coats of arms in the knight’s hall and on the hearth in the library.

2. RIT Capital Partners

Founded, on the initiative of Jacob Rothschild to serve the English side of the banking dynasty, the Rothschild Investment Trust is today known as RIT Capital Partners.

The business was changed into a publicly traded investment trust in 1988 by Jacob Rothschild after the banking side of the business was sold to the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1985.

Headquarters in Spencer House, the company manages a 37% share in Rockefeller Financial Services, the company aims to protect and enhance shareholders’ wealth over the long term.

1. 1, Seamore Place

Once located in Mayfair, London, 1, Seamore Place was owned by Alfred de Rothschild who purchased the magnificent town house for £60,000 from one Mr. Christopher Sykes.

The home was filled with many of his pictures and works of art and was left to his illegitimate daughter, Almina, Countess of Carnavon.

Demolished in 1936 by Westminster City Council, the site of the home is today a road that connects Park Lane and Curzon Street, which also connects to Hyde Park.

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