Amschel Rothschild

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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 a British businessman who 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]

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.[citation needed]


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]

One of his favourite pastimes was farming. Rothschild had inherited an arable farm, Rushbrooke, near Bury St. Edmunds where he spent many hours at work. He was also a keen racer of cars, and was known as one of the best amateur racers in the country. His passion started when he acquired a scrambler motorcycle, at age thirteen. In later life, he got into motor racing, and was the winner of the Peter Collins Memorial Trophy Race at Silverstone in 1996. Among his car collection was an AC Cobra Daytona sports car, a 1957 Maserati 250F Formula I, and a 1958 BRM P25 Formula I. He was known as one of the best classic car racers of his generation.[3]

Rothschild was also an amateur pilot, and kept a Stampe at his home in Suffolk.[3]

Rothschild was a trustee of Yad Hanadiv, the Rothschild foundation which has supported many projects in Israel, including the building of the Supreme Court and Knesset in Jerusalem.

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:[4]

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.


In July 1996, Amschel Rothschild committed suicide by hanging at the Hôtel Le Bristol Paris. The coroner said there were no sinister circumstances about his death. His wife attributed the suicide to untreated depression, partly over the recent death of his widowed mother.[5]


  1. ^ "Obituary: Teresa, Lady Rothschild "
  2. ^ Garfield, Brian The Meinertzhagen Mystery: The Life and Legend of a Colossal Fraud pp. 38–39
  3. ^ a b "Obituaries: Amschel Rothschild". The Independent. 10 July 1996. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Helen Nowicka (9 August 1996). "Rothschild took his life after death of mother". The Independent. Archived from the original on 4 October 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2020.

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