The late Lord Rothschild

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He left the family bank to establish his own financial business and maintained a keen interest in heritage and the arts his whole life.

A considerable supporter of the arts, he was a trustee of the National Gallery from 1985-91 and from 1988 he led the Rothschild Foundation which managed the Buckinghamshire stately home Waddesdon Manor on behalf of the National Trust. A tribute appears below.

The Rothschild Foundation is sad to announce the death of its chairman, Lord Rothschild, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cultural leader, who made a profound difference to many areas of British life.

He led, among other institutions, the National Gallery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the family’s flagship, Waddesdon Manor. He supported many causes, some close to his home in Buckinghamshire, others as far afield as Israel, Albania, Greece and the US.

He was committed to helping communities, the environment, education and above all, the arts. His exemplary service to his country was recognised on several occasions, with a GBE, a CVO and as a member of the Order of Merit.

Jacob Rothschild was an extraordinary person, and his loss will be felt by many. The family is committed to continuing his legacy and the foundation which he loved and endowed. His daughter Hannah assumes the role of chair of the Rothschild Foundation.

We will all be inspired by his vision, ambition, and his commitment to excellence