Benjamin de Rothschild
Benjamin de Rothschild (born 30 July 1963) is a Swiss banker, the chairman of the Edmond de Rothschild Group, a private bank established by his father and owned by the family. He was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine in France, the only child of the Baron Edmond Adolphe de Rothschild, a banker, and Nadine Lhopitalier (1932–), an actress. He married Ariane de Rothschild (née Langner) on 23 January 1999 and they have four children. He is a descendant of the (non-winemaking) French branch of the Rothschild family.
Benjamin is a scion of the secondary, (non-wine-making) Parisian Rothschild dynasty. He is the son of Nadine Lhopitalier, a French actress and author who converted to Judaism, and Edmond Adolphe de Rothschild, a Swiss banker of Jewish descent. His paternal grandparents were the French banker Maurice de Rothschild (1881–1957) and his first wife, the Swiss Baroness, Noémie de Halphen (1888–1968). Noémie de Halphen was the granddaughter of financier Eugène Péreire of the Sephardic-Jewish Péreire family of Portugal who were banking rivals of the Rothschilds.
He is second and third-cousins of the main French family, who manage the primary Parisian finance houses. These include Baron David Rene de Rothschild, Baron Eric de Rothschild, Baron Robert de Rothschild, and Count Philippe de Nicolay.
Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744–1812), banker Original family patriarch x 1770 : Gertrude Schnapper (1753–1849) │ └──> James Mayer de Rothschild (1792–1868), banquier « de paris » Rothschild branch x 1824 : Betty Salomon de Rothschild (1805–1886) │ └──> Edmond James de Rothschild (1845–1934) x 1877 : Adelheid von Rothschild (1853–1935) │ see the branch « de Naples » │ └──> Maurice de Rothschild (1881–1957) x 1909 : Baroness Noémie Halphen (1888–1968) │ └──> Edmond Adolphe de Rothschild (1926–1997) Banker x (2) 1963 : Nadine Lhopitalier (1932–) │ └──> Benjamin de Rothschild (1963–) CEO Edmond de Rothschild x 1999 : Ariane Langner
In 1989, Benjamin de Rothschild set up his own company, the Compagnie de Trésorerie Benjamin de Rothschild (now Compagnie Benjamin de Rothschild SA), specialising in the management of financial risk. He also worked for the Rothschild Group as a banker.
After the death of his father in 1997, he became chairman of the Benjamin & Edmond de Rothschild group, today named Edmond de Rothschild Group. The Edmond de Rothschild Group has a presence in many financial sectors, including private banking, asset management, fund management and advisory services business. Benjamin de Rothschild is Chairman of the board of the Edmond de Rothschild group, Chairman of the board of Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild, Chairman of the board of the CBR, Compagnie Benjamin de Rothschild SA, and Chairman of the board of the private bank Banque privée Edmond de Rothschild SA Genève.
In 2010, Baron Benjamin estimated his own personal fortune to be around 4 billion euros (US$6 billion). However, of the businesses he manages he stated, "it is difficult to know or even to estimate the worth... In any case nothing is for sale."
Benjamin de Rothschild is a sailing enthusiast, following a family tradition. In 2001, he founded the Gitana Team, a sports team dedicated to sailing. World-renowned skippers join the team : Loïck Peyron or Lionel Lemonchois.
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