Ariane de Rothschild

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Ariane de Rothschild
Arianne De Rothschild2016.jpg
Rothschild in 2016
Ariane Langner

November 1965 (age 55)
San Salvador, El Salvador
Alma materPace University
OccupationPresident of the Edmond de Rothschild Group
(m. 1999; died 2021)
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Baroness Ariane de Rothschild (née Langner; 14 November 1965) is a French banker, president of the board of the Edmond de Rothschild Group since April 2019. She is the first woman to run a Rothschild-branded financial institution.[1]

She was married to Benjamin de Rothschild from 23 January 1999 until his death on 15 January 2021. They have four daughters.[2]


Ariane de Rothschild was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, to a father who was a senior executive at the international pharmaceutical company Hoechst. Until the age of eighteen, Ariane de Rothschild and her brother Philippe lived with their parents in Bangladesh, Colombia and the former Zaire (DRC).[3][4]

In January 1999, she married Benjamin de Rothschild, son of Edmond de Rothschild and heir of the Edmond de Rothschild Group. They have 4 daughters.[4] Her husband, Benjamin de Rothschild died on 15 January 2021 of a heart attack.[5]



Ariane de Rothschild studied at Sciences Po in Paris [6] and holds an MBA in financial management from Pace University in New York where she studied from 1988 to 1990.[4][7]


While studying at Pace, Ariane de Rothschild was a broker at Société Générale in New York City. After graduating in 1990, she joined AIG’s New York offices, and relocated to AIG’s trading floor in Paris the same year. She met Benjamin de Rothschild, a client of AIG, in 1993.[4][8]

After marrying Benjamin de Rothschild in 1999, Ariane de Rothschild joined the family business by taking on the management of the group's lifestyle assets (wineries, farms, hotels, restaurants). In 2006, she joined the supervisory board of LCF Edmond de Rothschild.[6] In 2008, she was appointed a board member of the group, and vice-president in 2009.[9] She focused her agenda on environmental and social impact investment, and on restructuring the company's scattered assets and subsidiaries.[10][11] In 2010, La Compagnie Financière Edmond-de-Rothschild (LCF) changed its name to Edmond de Rothschild Group.[12] In 2014, all of the group's financial and non-financial assets were reorganized within the group's structure.[13] In 2015, the group published a sustainability report for the first time.[14]

One 30 January 2015, Ariane de Rothschild became the President of the Executive Committee, overseeing the Group's operations.[15][16] She was nominated to give a new impetus to the company.[17] She brought a self-proclaimed "panache" to the spirit of the bank,[3] sparking innovation within the group's executive lines [18] to break the ice in the banking industry with a new leadership style.[4] In 2016, she finalized the reorganization of the group's lifestyle assets under the brand new label Edmond de Rothschild Heritage.[19] In 2018, she led the acquisition of the fragrance company Parfums Caron and managed the revival of the brand.[20]

In March 2019, the company removed Edmond de Rothschild (Switzerland) S.A. from public trading, making it entirely held by the group. Ariane de Rothschild became Chairman of the Board, and Vincent Taupin replaced her as the CEO of the group. The French business was folded into the Swiss company to simplify the organization of the group's units.[21]


From 2003 to 2011, the Ariane de Rothschild Art Prize awarded contemporary art initiatives.[22]

In 2005, as she was managing the family's non-financial assets, Ariane de Rothschild started to "professionalize" the group's philanthropic activities with the intent to develop a sustainable "return on engagement" philanthropic model. She named Firoz Ladak head of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations. The Foundations are active in five different fields : Art and culture, health and research, philanthropy, cultural dialogue and social entrepreneurship.[23][10]

The Ariane de Rothschild Women's Doctoral Program in Israel was launched in 2009. It provides a full financial support and enhanced educational programs to women pursuing a doctoral program.[24] The following year, in 2010, the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship Program was launched to foster intercultural dialogue through social entrepreneurship and social science, especially between the Jewish and Muslim communities.[25][10]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Meyer-Léotard, Camille; Orsenna, Erik (21 November 2009). L'art du geste, engagement et passion de Benjamin et Ariane Rothschild. Beaux Livres. ISBN 978-2845973602.


  1. ^ Agnew, Harriet (15 March 2019). "Ariane de Rothschild challenges Swiss conservatism". Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  2. ^ Corriere della Sera: "Interview with Baroness Benjamin de Rothschild" retrieved April 1, 2012
  3. ^ a b Ross, Alice (16 October 2018). "Ariane de Rothschild on why she wants to shake up private banking". Financial Times. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  4. ^ a b c d e Times, John Gapper, Financial. "Ariane de Rothschild: 'I'm just the one taking the heat' - SWI". SWI Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  5. ^ "Banking heir Benjamin de Rothschild dies at 57". AP NEWS. 2021-01-16. Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  6. ^ a b Roques, Jean-Baptiste; France, Condé Nast Digital (2015-04-08). "Rothschild contre Rothschild : comment Ariane a changé la famille". Vanity Fair (in French). Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  7. ^ Pellegrino, Katya. "Ariane de Rothschild, a free spirited, atypical and rebellious banker | News | Luxe Magazine". Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  8. ^ Benoît-Godet, Stéphane; Zaki, Myret (2 June 2010). "La banquière la plus puissante de Suisse" (PDF). Bilan (in French). Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  9. ^ Chaperon, Isabelle (22 November 2016). "Ariane de Rothschild, the impatient Baroness". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  10. ^ a b c Avriel, Eytan; Heruti-Sover, Tali (2010-11-05). "The Game of the Name". Haaretz. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  11. ^ Sidler, David (15 February 2010). "Sustainability is balance, Ariane de Rothschild has an undeniable passion". Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  12. ^ "Changement de nom et nouveau blason". (in French). 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  13. ^ "Annual report 2014" (PDF). 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  14. ^ Ethical Performance (23 July 2015). "Edmond de Rothschild Group Publishes First Sustainability Report". Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  15. ^ Bray, Chad (14 February 2015). "Edmond de Rothschild Group Names Chairman's Wife as C.E.O." DealBook. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  16. ^ "Edmond de Rothschild elects chairman's wife Ariane as new CEO". CityAM. 2015-01-14. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  17. ^ Agnew, Harriet; McCormick, Myles (13 March 2019). "Edmond de Rothschild to take its Swiss bank private". Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  18. ^ Lewis, Carol. "Ariane de Rothschild: 'We need to not just talk the talk on ethical ventures'". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  19. ^ Montefiore, Adam (29 August 2018). "Wine Talk: Maintaining and building a legacy". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  20. ^ Becki Murray, A fragrant revival: how the Rothschild family transformed Caron,, 4 March 2021
  21. ^ Torsoli, Albertina; Winters, Patrick (13 March 2019). "Rothschild Baroness Plots Swiss Private Bank Expansion After Bid". Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  22. ^ "History of the Prize". Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  23. ^ "Ariane de Rothschild, agitatrice de dynastie". (in French). Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  24. ^ "Doctoral dynamos | The Ariane de Rothschild Program advances outstanding women in science". WeizmannCompass. 2019-02-19. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  25. ^ Banjo, Shelly (2010-07-03). "Building a Strong Bridge Between Clashing Cultures". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-02-20.

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