In my early days of questioning the world around me (which included religion, government, etc), I was a prominent conspiracy theorist. I bought in to the standard theories: Illuminati, 9/11, and the Rothchild conspiracies.

Fortunately, if you’re willing, education can continue.

It’s theorized that the Rothchild family controls 80% of the world’s banks and wealth, have $500 trillion dollars, fund and start wars, etc.

Most of this is simply not based on fact. Now don’t get me wrong, a lot of controversies that have been proven true used to just be conspiracy theories. With that said, one must be careful because a lot of them are highly misguided and deluded.

The legacy of the Rothschild family is based on the hunger for money, and they are no doubt very wealthy. However, most of the stemming theories have no backing. First of all, the world’s total wealth was estimated at only $250 trillion in 2015. That’s for every one and everything.

From Snopes:

“Also, the Rothschilds began acquiring their wealth in the 1700s, and since then the family has spawned hundreds of descendants, so there is no longer any centralized Rothschild family wealth. The closest thing to a “Rothschild Family” business in 2016 is the Rothschild Group, a multinational investment banking company, but that firm does not in itself generate nearly enough income to back up claims about the family’s wealth. In 2015, the Rothschild Group’s annual revenue was approximately $500 million. In comparison, the world’s largest company, Walmart, has an annual revenue of nearly $500 billion. It should also be noted that only one member of the Rothschild family is included among Forbes’ 2015 list of the world’s billionaires: Benjamin de Rothschild, who was ranked at number #1121 with a net worth of $1.61 billion.”

If you’d like to read more, here’s a full analysis on the conspiracy from Skeptoid.