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Benjamin de Rothschild dies of coronary heart assault at 57

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Benjamin de Rothschild, chairman of the holding firm for the Franco-Swiss non-public financial institution and asset supervisor Edmond de Rothschild, has died of a coronary heart assault on the age of 57, the group introduced on Saturday.

De Rothschild had already stepped again from the day-to-day operating of the monetary enterprise he inherited from his father Edmond, leaving it within the arms of his energetic wife Ariane, whereas he pursued his ardour for high-speed yacht racing and vehicles. 

“He has an amazing distance, a totally completely different mood,” she as soon as told the FT. “I love it as a result of I can’t. I’ve to be completely hands-on.”

The group described Benjamin de Rothschild as a “visionary entrepreneur, obsessed with finance, velocity, crusing and cars, wine fanatic [and] and lively philanthropist”. 

He leaves behind a household enterprise created in 1953 that now has SFr173bn ($194bn) of belongings below administration. In addition to wealth administration, the group is concerned in company finance, non-public fairness and property. It employs 2,600 folks at 32 areas the world over.

Cynthia Tobiano, deputy chief government, mentioned Edmond de Rothschild’s enterprise wouldn’t be affected by Benjamin’s sudden dying. 

“Clearly they mentioned and took long-term choices on the household holding stage with him, however on the financial institution stage Ariane is chairing the board, and with the manager committee designing and executing the technique.” Edmond de Rothschild, based mostly in Geneva, was taken wholly non-public in 2019. 

Ms Tobiano added: “Covid is a catalyst to go even additional and sooner on digitalisation when you possibly can’t meet purchasers nose to nose.” 

Two branches of the prolonged Rothschild household lastly settled a dispute over the name three years in the past, with Paris-based funding financial institution Rothschild & Co and Edmond de Rothschild unwinding cross-shareholdings and agreeing to not use the Rothschild identify by itself in branding. 

Final 12 months Sergei Bogdanchikov, former head of Russia’s Rosneft, accused Edmond de Rothschild of participating in a kickback scheme that pilfered thousands and thousands of {dollars} from his funding fund and in the end price him greater than $100m. The non-public financial institution declined to touch upon the persevering with case. 

Lately, nevertheless, Benjamin de Rothschild was extra centered on the household’s sailing sponsorships than on the enterprise, together with a marketing campaign below means now for Gitana group’s high-speed, hydrofoiling trimaran to win the Jules Verne trophy by breaking the world report for circumnavigation below sail — which is presently just below 41 days. 

Victory in that problem, mentioned Ms Tobiano, “can be an amazing legacy, and one he would have liked.”