First National Bank Omaha
is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska
. It is recognized as the largest privately held bank in the country with $17 billion in managed assets and 5,000 employees. The bank's history is credited for paralleling that of the city of Omaha
and the state of Nebraska
Chartered and headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska
, First National provides corporate banking, investment banking
, retail banking
, wealth management
and consumer lending
services at locations in seven states serving more than 6.6 million customers across the United States.
In 1856, a group of settlers from Kanesville, Iowa
crossed the Missouri River
to picnic in the newly named Nebraska Territory
. One of the visitors, Thomas Davis, helped found Omaha when he donated $600 in gold dust for an official charter. He eventually served on First National Bank's Board of Directors. Two immigrant brothers from Ohio
opened Kountze Brothers Bank in 1857. Omaha's first bank opened its doors and started trading primarily in gold dust
and buffalo hides
. Kountze Brothers Bank received national charter #209 in 1863. Today, theirs is the oldest national bank west of the Missouri River
. In 1863, they also began doing business as First National Bank of Omaha and brought in additional investors, including Edward Creighton
, who served as president.
In 1883, Herman Kountze speculated on land in North......