The founder of the Hambro dynasty a Levite named Calmer Hambro was born Calmer Joachim Levy in 1747 in Rendsburg, in Denmark, later acquired by Prussia in 1864. He grew up Hamburg, Germany, which is considered to be his hometown.He changed his name to Hambro upon moving to Copenhagen in 1778. Hambro took over his father-in-law’s business in Copenhagen in 1779. He later became a banker to the King of Denmark.Hambro married a cousin, Thobe Levi, the daughter of Isach Joseph Levi, in Copenhagen in 1778.They had a son, Joseph Hambro.
Joseph Hambro was a merchant and banker. In 1800, he joined his father’s bank and renamed it C. J. Hambro & Son. Under his leadership, the bank gave loans to the Danish government from 1821 to 1827. Hambro became an advisor to Johan Sigismund von Møsting, who served as the Danish Minister of Finance. He was married to Marianne von Halle (1786–1838), the daughter of Wulf Levin von Halle (a Levite), a merchant from Copenhagen .They had a son, Carl Joachim Hambro, who moved to London, England, where he founded the Hambros Bank in 1839.
Carl Joachim Hambro was born in 1807 in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1814, aged seven, Carl Hambro was sent to live with Danish zoology professor Johan Reinhardt and his wife. In 1822, Hambro, who was born into a Jewish family, was baptised and confirmed into the Christian religion at the behest of his foster parents. He left school in 1824 and worked in Le Havre, Antwerp and Bremen as well as North America. He returned to Copenhagen in 1829 and in 1832, they moved to London and in 1839 established Hambros Bank there . During the 1850s he was responsible for arranging various British Government loan stock issues enabling the bank to prosper. He was made a Baron by King Frederik VII of Denmark in 1851. In 1833, he married Caroline Gostenhofer and together they went on to have three sons: Percival Hambro, Everard Hambro and Charles Hambro.
Everard Humbro started his career at the family business, Hambros Bank, in 1869. He served on the Board of Directors of the Bank of England from 1879 to 1925. He helped save Barings Bank in 1891. iN 1898 Baron Everard came to Indian and tried (but failed ) to create an Indian Central Bank with Alfred Rothschild in 1911
Everards grandson Charles Jocelyn Hambro, son of Everards son Charles Eric Hambro,( 1897 – 1963) was a merchant banker and intelligence officer.At the start of the Second World War he was asked by Ronald Cross to join the Special Operations Executive.From November 1941 he was deputy leader of SOE for 5 months.His first major action as head of the SOE was to meet with Colonel William Joseph Donovan, the head of the OSS and his opposite number. A disagreement over actions in the Middle East led Charles to resign in 1943. For the rest of the war he acted as head of the “British raw materials mission” in Washington ; a cover for exchanging information and technology between Britain and the United States which led to Manhattan Project.
Peter Charles Percival Hambro (born 1945) is the great great grandson of Charles Joaquim Hambro founder of Hambros Bank via his son Percival Hambro founder of Petropavlovsk plc, (formally Peter Hambro Mining), formerly one of the largest gold mining businesses in Russia.He then briefly worked at Hambros Bank before moving on to Smith St Aubyn, From 1985 to 1990 he worked at the old money Jewish bullion house Mocatta & Goldsmid, where he became a Deputy Managing Director.
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