Henry Brarens Sloman

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Henry Brarens Sloman
Born (1848-08-26)26 August 1848
Kingston upon Hull, England
Died 24 October 1931(1931-10-24) (aged 83)
Hamburg, Germany
Occupation Saltpetre merchant, banker
Net worth 60 million

Henry Brarens Sloman (28 August 1848 – 24 October 1931) was a businessman and banker based in Hamburg, Germany. Around the First World War, he was considered a remarkable importer of saltpetre from his own mines in Chile, and was listed as the richest person in Hamburg.


Henry B. Sloman was born in Kingston upon Hull, England, on 28 August 1848 to parents John and Alaine Sloman.[1] His granduncle Robert Miles Sloman was a shipbuilder and ship owner in Hamburg. When his father had lost all his assets in the Crimean War, he sent Henry and his sister Harriet to wealthy relatives in Hamburg. After absolving an apprenticeship as a locksmith in Hamburg, Henry was encouraged by his friend Hermann Fölsch to emigrate to Chile, with Fölsch's father loaning the journey's costs to Sloman. It was also Hermann Fölsch who arranged for Sloman getting work in Iquique where he later acted as director of the Fölsch & Martin company.[2] After 22 years of working for Fölsch & Martin, Sloman established his own saltpetre business in Tocopilla and returned to Hamburg in 1889 as a wealthy man. In 1912, Sloman was recorded as leading a list of the richest citizens of Hamburg with a net worth of Goldmark 60 million and an annual income of 3 million.[3] In 1924, he founded the bank Finanzbank AG which developed into Sloman Bank KG. In 1976, it was merged with Bankhaus Hardy & Co. GmbH to become Hardy-Sloman Bank GmbH. In 1981, the latter was absorbed by Deutsche Länderbank which is now a part of UBS Germany.

In 1922, Sloman commissioned the Chilehaus (Chile House), a ten-story office building in Hamburg that is notable for its architecture.[4]

Henry Sloman died on 24 October 1931 in Hamburg.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Henry B. Sloman married Renata Hilliger on 5 February 1881[5] with whom he had four children: Adelaida (1881–1901), Enrique Juan, Ricardo Federico (1885–1983), and Alfred Herbert (1887–1935).[6][7]


  1. ^ Hamburgisches Geschlechterbuch. Deutsches Geschlechterbuch (in German). 128. Limburg an der Lahn: Verlag C. A. Starke. 1962. p. 261. 
  2. ^ Krieg, Robert (June 1999). "Weißes Gold – Eine dokumentarische Filmreise" [White Gold – A Documentary Voyage in Film] (in German). Krieg & Nolte GbR. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Martin, Rudolf, ed. (1912). Jahrbuch des Vermögens und Einkommens der Millionäre in den drei Hansastädten (Hamburg, Bremen, Lübeck) [Almanac of Assets and Income of the Millionaires in the three Hanseatic Cities (Hamburg, Bremen, Lubeck)] (in German). Berlin. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Chilehaus – a symbol of economic revival". Chilehaus. Union Investment Real Estate. Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2017. 
  5. ^ a b von Marchtaler 1939, p. 209
  6. ^ von Marchtaler 1939, pp. VIII, 266, 267, 269, 277
  7. ^ Sloman, Hans-Jürgen (1983). Nachruf auf Dr. h. c. Ricardo Federico Sloman geboren am 27. Februar 1885 gestorben am 6. Juli 1983 [Obituary of Dr. h. c. Ricardo Federico Sloman, born 27 February 1885, died 6 July 1983] (in German). Hamburg: Hans Christians Druckerei. 
Works cited
  • von Marchtaler, Hidegard (1939). Die Slomans: Geschichte einer Hamburger Reeder- und Kaufmannsfamilie [The Slomans: History of a Family of Ship Owners and Merchants from Hamburg] (in German). Kommissionsverlag bei H. Christian.