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British banking icon Jacob Rothschild dies at 87

The family disclosed that Rothschild would be laid to rest following Jewish traditions in a private ceremony.

Jacob Rothschild dies at 87 [The Times of Israel]

A scion of the legendary Rothschild banking dynasty, Jacob's career began within the venerable halls of NM Rothschild & Sons in 1963, marking the start of a distinguished journey that would see him venture beyond the family's banking business to establish his own ventures and philanthropic organizations.

Jacob Rothschild's life was a beacon of excellence across various spheres, from finance to philanthropy, arts, and public service. In a heartfelt tribute, his family encapsulated his multifaceted persona: "Our father Jacob was a towering presence in many people's lives, a superbly accomplished financier, a champion of the arts and culture, a devoted public servant, a passionate supporter of charitable causes in Israel and Jewish culture, a keen environmentalist and much-loved friend, father, and grandfather."

The family disclosed that Rothschild would be laid to rest following Jewish traditions in a private ceremony, with plans for a memorial to commemorate his remarkable life at a later date. Details of the memorial remain forthcoming.

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Jacob Rothschild's legacy is not just in his professional achievements but also in his philanthropic efforts, with the Rothschild family being known for their generous contributions to Jewish causes, education, and the arts, amassing a fortune estimated at 825 million pounds ($1 billion) according to the Sunday Times Rich List of the previous year.

Tributes have poured in from across the globe, highlighting Rothschild's significant impact on various sectors. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair lauded him as a "towering figure in Britain's Jewish community," particularly noting his efforts toward peace in the Middle East.

Rothschild's educational background, with studies at Eton College and Christ Church College, Oxford University, laid the foundation for a career that would span several key positions in the business and cultural world. He notably took the helm of Rothschild Investment Trust, transforming it into one of the London Stock Exchange's largest investment trusts, and co-founded what is now St James's Place with Mark Weinberg in 1980.

His contributions to the cultural sector were equally impactful, serving as chairman of the National Gallery's board of trustees and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Rothschild Foundation announced that Jacob's daughter, Hannah, would succeed him as chair, continuing the family's legacy of stewardship and philanthropy.

Jacob Rothschild's passing is mourned by his family, including his four children, Hannah, Beth, Emily, and Nat, and numerous grandchildren, following the death of his wife, Serena, in 2019. The legacy of his contributions, spanning finance, philanthropy, and beyond, leaves an indelible mark on the many lives he touched and the causes he championed.

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