The Dölberg Legacy
The first known written reference to the Dölberg family can be traced back to 1151 when Werner and Heinrich von Dölberg were witnesses to a document signed by Bishop Werner of the Munster Monastery. The Munster Monastery was in the region of Germany now known as North Rhine-Westphalia, and the bishops there held power over the largest clerical territory within the Holy Roman Empire until 1803.
By the late thirteenth century the von Volenspit Dölbergs were members of the nobility and records show that they owned a knight’s house, ‘the Dölberg House’, in the region of Nordlunern. The Dölberg House stayed in the family until the mid-sixteenth century.
In the following years, members of the Dölberg family (sometimes spelling their name Dolberg, Dolburg, Dülberg and even Thulberg) worked in textiles and the medical, teaching, auditing and banking professions.
More recently, it was Wilhelm Franz Heinrich Dölberg, born in Lippstadt (Germany) in 1857, who grew to particular prominence in public life as a controller of the State’s treasuries and securities in Berlin. In 1907, six years after being invested with the Order of the Red Eagle for his services to the public, he was appointed Privy Auditor Councillor (in German: Geheimrat), by Kaiser Wilhelm II, in his capacity as King of Prussia.
Almost a century later, two of Wilhelm Franz Heinrich Dölberg’s great-grandsons, Heinrich and Roelf Odendaal, founded Dölberg, with a vision to offer specialised financial services around the world. In just ten years Dölberg has grown rapidly and acquired a reputation as a leading international fiduciary services group.
By remembering the past whilst embracing the future, the Dölberg name is set to enter a new chapter in its long and distinguished existence by offering family advisory, financial and fiduciary services to private and corporate clients. These services have at their heart the preservation of families’ and companies’ cultures, wealth and privacy.