RIT Capital Partners

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RIT Capital Partners plc
Type Public company
Traded as LSERCP
Founded 1961
Founder(s) Lord Jacob Rothschild
Headquarters London, UK
Key people
Employees 78
Website www.ritcap.co.uk

RIT Capital Partners plc, Rothschild Investment Trust, is a large British investment trust dedicated to investments in quoted securities and quoted special situations. Established in 1961, the company is a list on London Stock Exchange and the FTSE 250 Index. The Chairman is Lord Jacob Rothschild.

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1961 on the initiative of Jacob Rothschild founded and named "Rothschild Investment Trust".[1] It served the English branch of the family Rothschild for investments outside their bank N M Rothschild & Sons. In 1980 there was a conflict between Jacob Rothschild and Evelyn de Rothschild, then the head of N M Rothschild & Sons. Evelyn de Rothschild withdrew the money invested in the banking house of Rothschild Investment Trust and forbade the company to continue using the name Rothschild. Jacob Rothschild left the Board of N M Rothschild & Sons and took sole control of the Rothschild Investment Trust, which he renamed "RIT Ltd." In 1988, Jacob Rothschild transformed RIT Ltd. into a publicly traded investment trust with the name "RIT Capital Partners plc."[2]

Operations[edit]

RIT Capital Partners operates internationally and is on long-term growth of its capital oriented. To achieve this goal, the company can be applied at all asset classes to invest. The main focus, however, it acquires shares in publicly traded and privately held companies. The profits are only a small part of an annual dividend paid. The rest is reinvested. RIT Capital Partners has its headquarters in Spencer House, ( St James's, London, England ), one of the last surviving city palaces in London (next door to Bridgewater House, one of the others). Due to the initiative of Lord Jacob Rothschild, in 1985 RIT Capital Partners plc purchased a 96-year lease (with an additional 24-year option) of the house and restored the state rooms and garden to their original appearance.[3]

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