Jacob Valero

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Jacob Valero (1813–1874) was the founder of the first private bank in Palestine, Jacob Valero & Company.

In 1839, Jacob (Ya'akov) Valero appeared in Jewish communal records as a ritual slaughterer of the Sephardi community in Jerusalem. In 1849, he was described as a "talmid hakham" (scholar). In 1835, his profession was listed as "moneychanger." He opened his bank in 1848 in the Old City of Jerusalem and managed it until his death.[1]

Valero was an Ottoman subject until 1860, and then became a subject of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The bank closed in 1915.[2]

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  • "Guide to Palestine and Egypt" by Macmillan & Co, (Page 15) Published 1901.
  • Simon Sebag Montefiore Jerusalem The Biography (2011) Page 344,360. W&N (Orion) London. ISBN 0-297-85265-5