Max Moritz Warburg

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Max Moritz Warburg

Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Death: December 26, 1946 (79)
New York, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Moritz Moses Warburg and Charlotte Esther Warburg (Oppenheim)
Husband of Alice Warburg (Magnus)
Father of Eric Moritz Warburg; Lola Hahn-Warburg; Renate Olga Calder; Gisela Wyzanski (Warburg) and Anita Wolf (Warburg)
Brother of Mary Anna Warburg; Aby Warburg; Paul Moritz Warburg; Felix Moritz Warburg; Olga C. Kohn-Speyer (Warburg) and 3 others

Occupation: Banker, Councillor, Philantropist
Managed by: Randy Schoenberg
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About Max Moritz Warburg

Max Moritz Warburg (5 June 1867 – 26 December 1946) was a German banker and scion of the wealthy Warburg family of German bankers.

Early life

Max Warburg was one of seven children born to Moritz Warburg, the director of the family's Hamburg bank, and his wife Charlotte Oppenheim.

His siblings were the art historian and cultural theorist, Abraham Warburg; the chief architect of the Federal Reserve Board of the United States Paul Warburg; Felix; Olga; Fritz; and Louisa.


He apprenticed in Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris, and London. From 1910 until 1938, he was director of M. M. Warburg & Co. in Hamburg, Germany. As head of that firm, he advised Kaiser Wilhelm II prior to World War I.

In the 1930s, despite the rise of the Nazi Party, Warburg felt there was hope for the future in Germany and tried to wait out the Nazi crisis. Beginning in 1933 he served on the board of the German Reichsbank under governor Hjalmar Schacht. He sold the bank because the 1935 Nuremberg laws set the framework and campaign of “Aryanization”. He then emigrated to the United States in 1938.

Personal life

Max Warburg married Alice Magnus in 1899, and together they had four daughters and a son, Eric Warburg (1900–1990), founder of E.M. Warburg & Co, later known as Warburg Pincus.

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Max Moritz Warburg's Timeline

June 5, 1867
Hamburg, Germany
April 15, 1900
Age 32
Hamburg, Germany
May 19, 1901
Age 33
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Age 36
December 25, 1908
Age 41
Age 44
Hamburg, Germany
December 26, 1946
Age 79
NY, United States