Leopold Cassella
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Leopold Cassella
Leopold Cassella

Leopold Cassella (born 8 December 1766 in Friedberg, Hesse, died 25 March 1847 in Frankfurt) was a German businessman, known for having founded the company Cassella, one of many predecessor companies of today's Sanofi.


Born David Löb Cassel, he grew up in a Jewish family in Friedberg as the son of a financier. After relocating to Frankfurt, he founded the company Cassel & Reiss with his brother-in-law Isaac Elias Reiss as a spice store in the Jewish Alley. He used the name Leopold Cassella for the first time when he married Nannette Reiss in Frankfurt in 1798, and acquired the Frankfurt burghership in 1812. He was also the founder of the Masonic lodge Zur aufgehenden Morgenröte, which consisted of Frankfurt citizens primarily of the Jewish faith. He had no children of his own, but he raised his niece Rosette Goldschmidt like his own daughter. She married an employee of the firm, Ludwig Aaron Gans, who became Cassella's heir.[1][2][3]

Leopold Cassella is interred at the Old Jewish Cemetery, Frankfurt.


  1. ^ Friedrich Enders: Drei Familien schreiben Frankfurter- und Firmen-Geschichte, in: Cassella-Riedel-Archiv, ISSN 0008-7440, Vol. 70, 1987, No 3, p. 25 ff.
  2. ^ Angela von Gans, Monika Groening: Die Familie Gans 1350-1963. Verlag Regionalkultur, Heidelberg 2006, ISBN 978-3-89735-486-9
  3. ^ Franz Lerner (1957), "Cassella, Leopold", Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German), 3, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, p. 167; (full text online)

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