The Rothschild family were not only presidents, directors and shareholders in the Alliance over the generations: they were also policy holders. Ferdinand de Rothschild (1839-1898), the noted art collector who built Waddesdon Manor in the 1870s, insured his property with the Alliance, as did Alfred de Rothschild (1842-1918). The New Court premises of the bank were also insured with the Alliance by Lionel de Rothschild (1808-1879), Nathan’s son.
The firm of NM Rothschild & Sons worked with the Alliance Assurance Company in many ways. It was rumoured to be the first Lord Rothschild, Chairman of the Alliance and universally noted for his caution as a businessman and banker, who was instrumental in persuading the company to refuse to insure the Titanic, claiming it was ‘too big to float’.
Members of the Rothschild family on the Boards of The Alliance and Sun Alliance Assurance Companies
Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777-1836)
Lionel de Rothschild (1808-1879)
Anthony de Rothschild (1810-1876)
Nathaniel Mayer, 1st Lord Rothschild (1840-1915)
Charles Rothschild (1877-1923)
Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942)
Anthony de Rothschild (1887-1961)
Director 1942-1948 and 1956-1958
Edmund de Rothschild (1916-2009)
Leopold de Rothschild (1927-2012)
Amschel Rothschild (1955-1996)