Anthony Jacobs, Baron Jacobs

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David Anthony Jacobs, Baron Jacobs, known as Anthony Jacobs (13 November 1931 – 21 June 2014) was a British businessman and an Independent politician. He left the Liberal Democrats in 2011.

The son of Ridley and Ella Jacobs, he was educated at Clifton College, Bristol and the University of London.

Jacobs was Chairman of Nig Securities Group from 1957 to 1972, of Tricoville Group from 1961 to 1990 and 1992 to 1994, and of British School of Motoring from 1973 to 1990. From 1972, he was member of the Liberal Party, contesting Watford in both general elections in 1974. In 1984, Jacobs became his Party's Joint Treasurer, a post he stepped down from three years later.

Jacobs was knighted in 1988[1] and on 18 October 1997, he was created a life peer as Baron Jacobs, of Belgravia in the City of Westminster.[2] He took the Liberal Democrat whip until January 2011 when he resigned from the party, citing opposition to its policies on taxation.[3] He sat in the Lords as a non-affiliated member until his death. From 1999 to 2002 he was a member of the House of Lords Works of Art Committee.[4]

At the time of his peerage he also received also an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Haifa in recognition of his generous support for the excavation of an ancient shipwreck at Ma'agan Michael. Jacobs was married to Evelyn Felicity Patchett since 1954; he is survived by his wife, one daughter and one son and five grandchildren. Lord Jacobs ranked 614th in the Sunday Times Rich List of 2008 being estimated to be worth £128 million due to driving schools and fast food.


  1. ^ "No. 51292". The London Gazette. 7 April 1988. p. 4089. 
  2. ^ "No. 54928". The London Gazette. 23 October 1997. p. 11907. 
  3. ^ "Major Lib Dem donor, Lord Jacobs, quits party". Liberal Democrat Voice. 7 December 2008. 
  4. ^ Lord Jacobs
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rhys Lloyd
Monroe Palmer
Treasurer of the Liberal Party
1983 – 1986
With: Wynn Normington Hugh-Jones
Succeeded by
Chris Fox
Tim Razzall