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Kleinwort, Benson : a history of two families in banking /
Jehanne Wake.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Clarendon Press, 1997.
description
xiv, 514 p. : ill.
ISBN
0198282990
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Clarendon Press, 1997.
isbn
0198282990
catalogue key
884160
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Reviews
Review Quotes
'fascinating for the way she shows how this uniquely English style ofgentlemanly capitalism, epitomised by the stockbroking firm of Robert Benson,co-existed in the City alongside the more austere German work ethic ofKleinworts bank'Mark Archer, The Sunday Telegraph
'fascinating for the way she shows how this uniquely English style of gentlemanly capitalism, epitomised by the stockbroking firm of Robert Benson, co-existed in the City alongside the more austere German work ethic of Kleinworts bank'Mark Archer, The Sunday Telegraph
'splendid new history of KB'Christopher Fildes, Daily Telegraph
'fascinating for the way she shows how this uniquely English style of gentlemanly capitalism, epitomised by the stockbroking firm of Robert Benson, co-existed in the City alongside the more austere German work ethic of Kleinworts bank'Mark Archer, The Sunday Telegraph'splendid new history of KB'Christopher Fildes, Daily Telegraph
List of Illustrations PART ONE: MERCHANTS ON THE MOVE 1250-1886 1. Early Kleinworts and Bensons 2. Benson Merchants on the Move 3. Alexander F. Kleinwort and the Cuban Connection 4. Founding Fathers in the City PART TWO: BANKING BROTHERS 1850-1961 5. The Expansion of Kleinworts 6. The Rebuilding of Bensons 7. Reversal and Recovery 8. Heirs of the Establishment 9. Kleinworts and the Urge to Merge 10. Bensons and a Complemenatry Union PART THREE: KLEINWORT BENSON 1961-1994 11. A Modern Merchant Bank 1961-1971 12. A Changed Landscape 1972-1994 Postscript: A European Union Sources Appendices Index
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
A century ago, two dynamic business dynasties - the German Kleinworts and the English Quaker Bensons - joined to form the basis of one of today's leading merchant banks. This book tells the story of the building of this business empire.
Long Description
Kleinwort Benson is one of the most distinguished international investment banks in the City of London, becoming part of the Dresdner Bank Group in 1995. This is the story of how two families, the Kleinworts and the Bensons, emerged from medieval beginnings in Holstein and the Lake District to seek their fortunes in Hamburg, Cuba, and Liverpool, before arriving in the 1850s in London. There they founded two very different merchant banks, which merged in 1967 to create Kleinwort Benson Lonsdale, later Kleinwort Benson. The Kleinwort Benson story mirrors both the spectacular growth of English capital and its often turbulent side-effects. It shows how the two families survived the collapse of the Benson bank in 1875, the freezing of Kleinwort assets and business by the European financial crisis of 1931, and two World Wars, and how they established their banks as powerful City players in the postwar period. Their story is as much a human drama as a financial history. Brimming with generations of Kleinworts, Bensons, and the families with whom they married and formed partnerships, the book evokes their feuds and friendships, their successes and failures, set against the background of more than two hundred years of social and business history. This is the first full history of Kleinwort Benson. It contributes to our understanding of the way in which business is carried out in the City of London, and provides fascinating insights into the lives of those concerned. Jehanne Wake was given unrestricted access to the bank's archives and staff and has drawn upon a wealth of original sources to furnish this lively and readable history of the members of two banking dynasties and their boardroom successors.
Long Description
This is the history of two business dynasties, the Kleinworts and the Bensons, whose partnership established one of the leading merchant banks of the twentieth century. Jehanne Wake tells the fascinating story of the building of a great business empire and reveals the personalities who played a part in the bank's often dramatic past.
Main Description
Kleinwort Benson is one of the most distinguished international investment banks in the City of London, becoming part of the Dresdner Bank Group in 1995. This is the story of how two families, the Kleinworts and the Bensons, emerged from medieval beginnings in Holstein and the Lake Districtto seek their fortunes in Hamburg, Cuba, and Liverpool, before arriving in the 1850s in London. There they founded two very different merchant banks, which merged in 1967 to create Kleinwort Benson Lonsdale, later Kleinwort Benson. The Kleinwort Benson story mirrors both the spectacular growthof English capital and its often turbulent side-effects. It shows how the two families survived the collapse of the Benson bank in 1875, the freezing of Kleinwort assets and business by the European financial crisis of 1931, and two World Wars, and how they established their banks as powerful Cityplayers in the postwar period. Their story is as much a human drama as a financial history. Brimming with generations of Kleinworts, Bensons, and the families with whom they married and formed partnerships, the book evokes their feuds and friendships, their successes and failures, set against thebackground of more than two hundred years of social and business history. This is the first full history of Kleinwort Benson. It contributes to our understanding of the way in which business is carried out in the City of London, and provides fascinating insights into the lives of those concerned.Jehanne Wake was given unrestricted access to the bank's archives and staff and has drawn upon a wealth of original sources to furnish this lively and readable history of the members of two banking dynasties and their boardroom successors.
Unpaid Annotation
From the Age of Elegance to the Big Bang - the first history of this leading merchant bankThis is the history of two business dynasties, the Kleinworts and the Bensons, whose partnership established one of the leading merchant banks of the twentieth century. Jehanne Wake tells the fascinating story of the building of a great business empire and reveals the personalities who played a part in the bank's often dramatic past.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Merchants On The Move 1250-1886
Early Kleinworts and Bensons
Benson Merchants on the Move
Alexander F. Kleinwort and the Cuban Connection
Founding Fathers in the City
Banking Brothers 1850-1961
The Expansion of Kleinworts
The Rebuilding of Bensons
Reversal and Recovery
Heirs of the Establishment
Kleinworts and the Urge to Merge
Bensons and a Complemenatry Union
Kleinwort Benson 1961-1994
A Modern Merchant Bank 1961-1971
A Changed Landscape 1972-1994
Postscript: A European Union
Sources
Appendices
Index
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