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Maurice Ephrussi (first from left) with M. du Bos, Siegfried Lehndorff and Georg von Lehndorff as members of a referee committee at a horse-racing track in Baden-Baden in 1902
18 November 1849|
Odessa, Russian Empire (now Ukraine)
|Died||29 October 1916
|Residence||Paris, Monte Carlo, Reux, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat|
|Occupation||Financier, Racehorse owner/breeder|
|Board member of||Banque Ephrussi|
|Spouse(s)||Béatrice de Rothschild|
|Children||Mathilde Elisabeth Ephrussi de Rothschild Cohen|
|Parent(s)||Charles Joachim Ephrussi (1792-1864) & Henriette Halperson (1822-1888)|
Léon, Ignaz, Michel, Thérèse, Marie
Maurice Ephrussi was born on November 18, 1849 in Odessa, Ukraine. He was a member of the Ephrussi family. His father, Charles Joachim Ephrussi, was a trader in wheat who founded a bank, Ephrussi & Co.. His mother was Henriette Halperson. His elder half-brother, Ignace von Ephrussi, founded a branch of the family bank in Vienna, Austria.
Maurice Ephrussi and his brother Michel were both involved in the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing. Maurice owned Haras du Gazon, a breeding farm in Bazoches-au-Houlme, Orne, Normandy where he bred the outstanding runner and champion sire, Perth. Perth's sire was the Ephrussi stallion War Dance who also sired the brilliant filly, Roxelane.
Horses raced by Maurice Ephrussi won a number of important races in France and England including the:
Haras du Gazon was later purchased by American horseman, Herman B. Duryea.
Ephrussi married Béatrice de Rothschild, the daughter of Alphonse de Rothschild, a member of the Rothschild banking family of France. The wedding took place on June 5, 1883 in Paris. They maintained a home in Paris, a villa in Monte Carlo called "Rose de France", and in the early 1900s built Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.
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