Amschel Rothschild

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The Honourable

Amschel Rothschild
Amschel Mayor James Rothschild

(1955-04-18)18 April 1955
Paris, France
Died8 July 1996(1996-07-08) (aged 41)
Paris, France
Anita Patience Guinness
m. 1981)
Parent(s)Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild
Teresa Georgina Mayor

Amschel Mayor James Rothschild (18 April 1955 – 8 July 1996) was the executive chairman of Rothschild Asset Management of the Rothschild banking family of England.

Early years and kinships[edit]

Rothschild was born in Paris, the youngest child of Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild and his second wife, Teresa Georgina Rothschild (née Mayor). On his father's side, he descended from the Rothschild family. His half-brother was Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild. His maternal grandfather, Robert John Grote Mayor, was the brother of English novelist F. M. Mayor and a greatnephew of philosopher and clergyman John Grote. His maternal grandmother, Katherine Beatrice Meinertzhagen, of English and German descent, was the sister of soldier Richard Meinertzhagen and the niece of author Beatrice Webb.[1][2][3]

He attended King's College School, Cambridge, and was then educated at The Leys School. He graduated in 1976 from City University (London), where he read economics, history and archaeology. His initial vocation was journalism, as a circulation manager of the now defunct literary magazine, The New Review.[4]


In 1987, Rothschild joined the family banking firm, N M Rothschild & Sons. By 1990 he was made chief executive of one of the Rothschild's weaker assets, Rothschild Asset Management. In 1993, he became Chairman of the firm, helping to steer it onto a more stable path.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 1981, he married Anita Patience Guinness, daughter of the merchant banker James Edward Alexander Rundell Guinness and Pauline Vivien Mander. They had three children:[5]

  • Kate Emma Rothschild (born 1982) who married Ben Goldsmith, a son of the late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith and Lady Annabel Goldsmith), in 2003 at St. Mary's Church in Bury St. Edmunds. They have three children. In 2012, the couple announced they were divorcing after it was alleged Kate had an affair with American rapper Jay Electronica.[5][6]
    • Iris Annabel Goldsmith (2004-2019)[7]
    • Frank James Amschel Goldsmith (born 2005)
    • Isaac Benjamin Victor Goldsmith (born 2008)
  • Alice Miranda Rothschild (born 1983) is married to Zac Goldsmith, British Conservative Party politician, and the brother of her sister Kate's ex-husband.[5][6]
    • Dolly Goldsmith (born 2014)
    • Max Goldsmith (born 2017)
  • James Amschel Victor Rothschild (born 1985),[5] who married Nicky Hilton, socialite great-granddaughter of hotelier Conrad Hilton, in 2015. They have two daughters.
    • Lily-Grace Victoria Rothschild (born 2016)
    • Teddy Marilyn Rothschild (born 2017)

Rothschild and his wife were also godparents to a daughter of politician William Waldegrave, who is a godfather to James Rothschild.

Amschel Rothschild owned a summer home at New Alton, New Hampshire.


Amschel Rothschild died in July 1996. He was found hanged at the Hôtel Le Bristol Paris. The death came hours after a meeting, during which plans were discussed for a merger of asset management companies.


  1. ^ "Person Page".
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  3. ^ Garfield, Brian The Meinertzhagen Mystery: The Life and Legend of a Colossal Fraud pp. 38–39
  4. ^ "Person Page".
  5. ^ a b c d The Rothschild Foster Trust: "The descendants of Charles Rothschild" Archived 7 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 27 September 2012
  6. ^ a b The Daily Mail: "Rothschild heiress's marriage to Goldsmith scion is over... after she falls for a rapper called Jay Electronica" By Katie Nicholl 2 June 2012
  7. ^ Sean Morrison. "Ben Goldsmith shares heartbreaking plea after daughter Iris Annabel, 15, dies in quad bike accident". Evening Standard, London. Retrieved 12 July 2019.

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