David Cameron is the son of a stockbroker and his wife a retired justice of the peace, daughter of Sir William Mount, 2nd Baronet). His father, Ian, was born at Blairmore School, a country house near Huntly, Aberdeenshire. Blairmore was built by Cameron’s great-great-grandfather, Alexander Geddes, who had made a fortune in the grain trade in Chicago and returned to Scotland in the 1880. Through his paternal grandmother, Enid Agnes Maud Levita, Cameron is a lineal descendant of King William IV, thereby making Cameron a 5th cousin twice removed of Queen Elizabeth II.
In the 1830s Cameron’s first cousin six times removed was compensated with £4,101 for 202 slaves when they were liberated by Parliament. Cameron’s paternal forebears also have a long history in finance. His father Ian was senior partner of the stockbrokers Panmure Gordon & Co., in which firm partnerships had long been held by Cameron’s ancestors, including David’s grandfather and great-grandfather, and was a Director of estate agent John D. Wood.
David Cameron’s great-great-grandfather Emile Levita was a German Jewish financier and a direct descendant of Renaissance scholar Elia Levita. Emile Levita obtained British citizenship in 1871 and was the director of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China which became Standard Chartered Bank in 1969. Through Levita, Cameron is a descendent of the Levites. His wife, Cameron’s great-great-grandmother, was a descendant of the wealthy Danish Jewish Rée family on her father’s side.
One of Emile’s sons, Arthur Francis Levita of Panmure Gordon stockbrokers, together with great-great-grandfather Sir Ewen Cameron, London head of the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, played key roles in arranging loans supplied by the Rothschilds to the Japanese Central Banker (later Prime Minister) Takahashi Korekiyo in order to finance the Japanese War against Russia in the Russo-Japanese War.