Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild
From 1963 Rothschild worked at the family bank N M Rothschild & Sons
, before resigning in 1980 due to a family dispute. The chairmanship of the bank had passed from his father, who had chosen to follow a scientific career and had lost control of the majority voting shares, to his distant cousin Sir Evelyn Robert de Rothschild
. He sold his minority stake in the bank, but took independent control of Rothschild Investment Trust
(now RIT Capital Partners plc), an investment trust listed on the London Stock Exchange
Rothschild is Chairman of RIT Capital Partners plc, one of the largest investment trusts quoted on the London Stock Exchange with a net asset value of about £2 billion.
He is Chairman of J Rothschild Capital Management, a subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc.
He also retains many other venture capital and property interests.
In 2003, Rothschild came under scrutiny when Russian oil industrialist Mikhail Khodorkovsky
's shares in YUKOS
passed to him under a deal which they had concluded prior to Khodorkovsky's arrest.
In November 2010, an undisclosed entity affiliated with Rothschild purchased a 5.0% equity interest in Genie Energy
, a subsidiary of IDT Corporation
, for $10.0 million.
In 2013, Genie Energy was granted exclusive oil and gas exploration rights to a 153-square mile area in the southern part of the Golan Heights
From his headquarters in St James's Place in London, Jacob Rothschild has cultivated clients, business associates and friends who have extended his interests beyond the normal scope of a banker. He maintains personal and business links with Henry Kissinger
In 1961, Rothschild married Serena Mary Dunn
, a granddaughter of the Canadian
financier Sir James Dunn
, and they had four children. Lady Rothschild died in 2019. Their four children are:
- Hannah Mary Rothschild Brookfield (22 May 1962). She married William Brookfield in 1994 and they were divorced. They have three daughters.
- Beth Matilda Rothschild Tomassini (27 February 1964). She married Antonio Tomassini in 1991 and they were divorced. They have three children.
- Emily "Emmy" Magda Rothschild Freeman-Attwood (19 December 1967). She married Julian Freeman-Attwood on 25 June 1998. They have two daughters.
- Nathaniel Philip Victor James Rothschild (12 July 1971). He married Annabelle Neilson on 13 November 1995, and they were divorced in 1997. He married Loretta Basey in 2016.
He commissioned the 2015 RIBA Award winner Flint House
on the Waddesdon Manor
estate in Buckinghamshire, UK. Rothschild donated the property to the Rothschild Foundation which manages the rest of the estate for the National Trust
Jacob Rothschild has played a prominent part in Arts philanthropy in Britain. He was Chairman of Trustees of the National Gallery
from 1985 to 1991, and from 1992 to 1998, chairman of the National Heritage Memorial Fund
. From 1994 to 1998, and at the invitation of the Prime Minister, he was chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund, responsible for distributing the proceeds of the National Lottery to the heritage sector, an influential post which oversaw the distribution of £1.2 billion in grants.
In the past, he has also been a Trustee of the State Hermitage Museum of St Petersburg (retired 2008);
a Trustee of the Qatar Museums Authority
Chairman of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture
Chairman of both the Gilbert Collection Trust and the Hermitage Development Trust, Somerset House;
a Trustee and Honorary Fellow of the Courtauld Institute, Somerset House;
and a Fellow, Benefactor, and member of the Visitors' Committees of the Ashmolean Museum Oxford (retired 2008).
In 2014, he received the J. Paul Getty Medal
"for extraordinary achievement in the fields of museology, art historical research, philanthropy, conservation and conservation science".
He was especially active in the project to restore Somerset House
in London, for which he helped secure the Gilbert Collection and ensured the long-term future of the Courtauld Institute of Art
. As a private project, he carried out the restoration of Spencer House
, one of the finest surviving 18th century London townhouses, adjacent to his own offices.
In 1988 he inherited from his aunt Dorothy de Rothschild
, the Waddesdon
estates in Buckinghamshire
, and began a close association with Waddesdon Manor
, the house and grounds which were built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 1880s and bequeathed to the National Trust
in 1957 by his cousin, James A. de Rothschild
. He has been a major benefactor of the restoration of Waddesdon Manor through a private family charitable trust and, in an unusual arrangement, has been given authority by the National Trust to run Waddesdon Manor as a semi-independent operation.
The cellars at Waddesdon Manor house his personal collection of 15,000 bottles of Rothschild wines dating as far back as 1870.
Open to the public, Waddesdon attracted over 466,000 visitors in 2018,
with 157,000 visiting the house in 2015.
Waddesdon has won many awards over the last 20 years, including Visit England
's "Large Visitor Attraction of the Year" category in 2017,
Museum of the Year Award and Best National Trust Property.
Jacob Rothschild has also followed the Rothschild family's charitable interests in Israel and was the chairman of Yad Hanadiv
, the family foundation which gave the Knesset
and the Supreme Court
buildings to Israel between 1989 and 2018. He is also president of The Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe,
and Patron and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Rothschild Foundation.
In addition, he is Honorary President of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research
Furthermore, he has served as a Member of the Arts & Humanities Research Board, set up by the British Government, is an honorary fellow of the British Academy and a Trustee of the Prince of Wales' Prince's Charities Foundation.
In the past, he has been a Member of the UK Main Honours Board, (retired 2008); Chairman of the Honours Committee
for Arts and Media (retired 2008); Trustee of the Edmond J Safra Foundation (retired 2010); and a Member of committee of the Henry J Kravis Prize for Creative Philanthropy (retired 2010).
Honours and awards
In the United States
- The Hadrian Award from the World Monuments Fund - 1995
- The Classical America – Arthur Ross Award 1998
- The Iris Foundation Award – the BARD Institute 1999
- The Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement 2000
- The Centennial Medal of the American Academy in Rome - 2002
- The Kennedy Center's International Committee Lifetime Achievement Gold Medal in the Arts Award 2006
- Royal Oak Foundation "Timeless Design Award" - 2009
- The J. Paul Getty Medal - 2014
In Continental Europe
- The Sir Winston Churchill Award (2004)
- The Weizmann Award (50th Anniversary of the State of Israel)
- Honorary degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Honorary fellowships from City of Jerusalem and the Israel Museum, the Commonwealth Jewish Council Award.
Coat of arms of Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild
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