Cassel, Ernest Joseph

BANKER (GERMANY)
BORN 3 Mar 1852, Köln - DIED 21 Sep 1921, London: Brook House, Park Lane
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (114/PS (47236))

Son of Jakob Cassel, the Jewish owner of a small bank. In 1869 he arrived without money in Liverpool, where he got a job with grain merchants. He worked hard and had a good hand for business. He managed to get himself a job with a bank in Paris, but the Franco-Prussian War forced him back to England.

In London he made a quick career in banking. His private deals in Mexico, Sweden and the USA turned him into a very rich man. After he met crown prince Albert Edward they became very good friends. Cassel managed the prince's investment portfolio and made him a huge amount of money.

Because of his wife Annette he became a Roman Catholic. In 1879 they had a daughter, Maude, before Annette's early death. Maude had two children before she died in 1911. The eldest married Lord Louis Mountbatten.

In 1902 Cassel was knighted. He had an impressive art collection and owned race horses. On his death in 1921 he left a huge estate.

Sources
Ernest Cassel - Wikipedia
• Cowles, Virginia, Edward VII And His Circle, 1956

Images

The grave of Sir Edward Joseph Cassel at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (26 Jun 2009)

 


Cassirer, Paul

Published: 3 Oct 2010
Last update: 3 Oct 2010