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Schiff, Ernst Heinrich (1881–1931)

Ernst Schiff was born in Frankfurt in 1881. The Rothschilds and Schiffs each had a half of the same house in Judengasse. As a young man, he went to New York to work for his uncle, the banker Jacob Schiff, who was the senior partner of Kuhn Loeb, the main investment banking rival to JP Morgan.

In 1904-05 Jacob Schiff and Loeb led the international bond financing for the Japanese government to fund their war against Russia. In 1907, following the Japanese victory, Ernst went to Japan with his uncle where they were received and decorated by the Emperor Meiji.

Ernst then moved to London where he established the stockbroking firm, Bourke, Schiff & Co. He died in London in 1931.

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'Schiff, Ernst Heinrich (1881–1931)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/schiff-ernst-heinrich-21486/text31831, accessed 20 September 2020.

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Life Summary [details]

Birth

1881
Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany

Death

24 December 1931
London, Middlesex, England

Cause of Death

gastric dilatation

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