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Maurice Edmond Charles de Rothschild (1881-1957)

Maurice Edmond Charles de Rothschild was the second son of Edmond de Rothschild and was born at Boulogne-sur-Seine on 19 May 1881. He was considered by some members of the family to be a wayward character, displaying rather too fond an interest in leisure activities, and too little in the business which supported them. However, well into his middle years, he became a 'self-made' billionaire, through skilled investments in the markets.

Maurice created for himself a political career, serving as a senator for the Hautes-Pyrénées from 1919 and then from 1924 of the Hautes-Alpes.

He followed his father into membership of the Academy of Fine Arts, in recognition of his collecting tastes which he had honed during a short spell as a picture dealer. Maurice had also organised a zoological expedition to Africa and wrote scientific papers.

Maurice had inherited some of the Rothschilds' finest properties: on rue du Monceau and rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris, Armainvilliers and Pregny, where he died on 5 September 1957.