Édouard de Rothschild

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Édouard de Rothschild
Born Édouard Étienne Alphonse de Rothschild
(1957-12-27) December 27, 1957 (age 56)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France

Édouard Étienne Alphonse de Rothschild (French pronunciation: ​[edwaːʁ etjɛn alfɔ̃s də ʁɔtʃild]; born December 27, 1957) is a businessman and part of the French branch of the prominent Rothschild family.

Early life and education[edit]

Édouard de Rothschild was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine. He is the son of Guy de Rothschild (1909–2007) and Marie-Hélène van Zuylen van Nyevelt (1927–1996). His father is Jewish and his mother is of half Egyptian, quarter Dutch, and quarter Jewish descent. He studied law at Panthéon-Assas University in France and in 1985 graduated with an M.B.A. degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University.[1]

Career[edit]

In July 2003, Édouard de Rothschild was made head of Rothschild & Cie Banque, the Paris based bank he founded in 1987 with his half-brother David René de Rothschild and cousin Eric de Rothschild. He stepped down in June 2004 saying he would remain involved as the non-executive chairman of the bank's supervisory board while taking on projects unrelated to finance.[1] Until May 2005, he was a member of the Supervisory Board at Imerys S.A., a company the family had been a majority or significant shareholder in since 1880.

In January 2005, Édouard de Rothschild invested €20 million for a 37% majority shareholding in the French newspaper Libération.[1] The left-wing daily was founded by philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre and Maoist militant journalist Serge July in 1973 but in recent years has sustained substantial losses.

He owns a share of the Château Lafite vineyard.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Edouard has been married twice:

  • In 1982, he married Mathilde Alexe Marie Christiane Coche de la Ferté (b. 1952), former wife of Sir Valentine Abdy. The marriage ended in divorce
  • In 1991, he married Arielle Marie Mallard (b. 1963). She is the vice-president of the humanitarian organization CARE France and represents her country on the Board of Directors of CARE International.[2] She holds a doctorate in economics and previously worked at the World Bank and Lazard Frères.[3] They have four children:
  1. David de Rothschild (twin)[1]
  2. Alienor de Rothschild (twin)[1]
  3. Ferdinand de Rothschild[1]
  4. Louis de Rothschild[1]

An avid horse enthusiast, Édouard de Rothschild competes both nationally and internationally in equestrian show jumping. He inherited the Haras de Meautry stud farm in Toques in Basse-Normandie where he breeds thoroughbred race horses.[4] His involvement in racing led to his 2004 election as President of the French horse racing association, "France Galop."[5] Being of partial Jewish descent, he accepted an invitation in 2010 from the Israeli Equestrian Federation to represent Israel in international competitions.[6]

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