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The Lord Rothschild
Nathaniel Philip Victor James Rothschild

(1971-07-12) 12 July 1971 (age 52)
United Kingdom
Alma mater
  • Annabelle Neilson
    (m. 1994; div. 1997)
  • Loretta Basey
    (m. 2016)

Nathaniel Philip Victor James Rothschild, 5th Baron Rothschild (born 12 July 1971), is a British-born financier who settled in Switzerland and is a member of the Rothschild family. He is the chairman of Volex plc, a UK-listed manufacturer. He has a wide range of international business interests.

He became the 5th Baron Rothschild on the death of his father Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, on 26 February 2024. Rothschild is also a naturalised Montenegrin citizen.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Rothschild is the youngest of four children and the only son of Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, and his wife Serena Rothschild (née Dunn). His mother was from a Christian background, while his father was Jewish (Rothschild's paternal grandfather was born into a Jewish family, while Rothschild's paternal grandmother had converted to Judaism upon marriage).[4] His maternal grandparents were Sybil Fane, Countess of Westmorland (born Lady Mary Sybil St. Clair-Erskine, daughter of James St Clair-Erskine, 5th Earl of Rosslyn), and Sir Philip Gordon Dunn, 2nd Baronet, whose father was the Canadian financier and tycoon Sir James Dunn.

He was educated at Colet Court (in the same year as former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne), Eton College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he studied history, earning an upper second. Rothschild was a member of the Bullingdon Club as an undergraduate, at the same time as Osborne.[5] He completed an MSc degree in Addiction Studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, in 2013.[6] In 2018, he was elected as a foundation fellow of Wadham College, Oxford.[7]


After graduating, Rothschild joined fund manager Lazard's, then went to work at corporate finance firm Gleacher. In 2000, he occupied a variety of positions, and holds a 50% stake in NR Atticus, Atticus Management and Atticus Capital, a hedge fund, which in 2000 controlled funds approaching £312m.[8]

Rothschild is the former chairman of Vivarte, a pan-European retailer and owner of the Kookai clothing brand. Appointed in 2000 following NR Atticus's acquisition of a 32.9% stake in what was widely regarded as the first hostile proxy fight in France, he led the group through its successful restructuring and subsequent sale to PAI Partners, a French private equity firm in 2004.[9]

He became an alternate director of RIT Capital Partners plc in March 2000, and a full non-executive director in 2004 until 2010 when he stepped down from the RIT board. He remains a substantial direct shareholder of RIT and a 35% beneficial shareholder of Five Arrows Limited, a Rothschild holding company whose major asset is shares in RIT.

Rothschild is a former member of the Belfer Center's International Council at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution. He was also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Barrick Gold Corporation until 2013.[10][11]


In 2000, The Observer wrote that, in addition to Rothschild's then declared inheritance of £500 million, his actual inheritance was "hidden in a series of trusts in Switzerland and rumoured to be worth £40bn".[8] Via NR Investments Ltd., his principal investment company, Rothschild was a cornerstone investor in the United Company RUSAL initial public offering in January 2010. At the same time he bought $40 million of Glencore bonds convertible into shares upon an IPO.[12]

NR Investments is also the largest shareholder (26.5% as of 2009) of Volex, a Manchester-based electrical cable maker. Furthermore, Rothschild has an interest in various property developments in Eastern Europe (Montenegro, Romania and Ukraine).

In July 2010, Vallar Plc, a Jersey-incorporated investment vehicle Rothschild founded, raised £707.2 million in an Initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange. Vallar is led by Rothschild and James Campbell, a former Anglo American PLC coal and base metals chief.

In November 2010, Vallar announced it was buying stakes for $3bn in two listed Indonesia thermal coal (used for power stations) producers for a combination of cash and new Vallar shares, with a view to combining them to create the largest exporter of thermal coal to China, India, and the other emerging economies of Asia. The transaction closed as planned on 8 April 2011[13] and Vallar plc was renamed Bumi plc in the same month.[14] The deal was handled in a joint venture with the Bakrie family (43%) and Rosan Roeslani (25%).[15] In September 2012 the investigation of possible financial irregularities in its Indonesian arm resulted in a 14% fall in its share price.[16] and the much-delayed financial results for 2012 showed a $200 million black hole.[17] It was also reported in 2013 that Rosan Roeslani, a former director of the company, had stolen $173 million from it.[18] In December 2013 the company changed its name to Asia Resource Minerals.[19] In June 2015, following a series of disputes with his co-investors, Rothschild abandoned his investment in the company, selling his 17.2 per cent stake to Coal Energy Ventures.[20]

In June 2011, Rothschild and Tony Hayward, the former chief executive of BP plc, listed a successor vehicle to Vallar called Vallares (LSE: VLRS) on the London Stock Exchange, raising $2.2 billion. Essentially, this was identical in every respect to the first vehicle, which was metals and mining focused, except that the new entity would acquire oil & gas assets.[21] In September 2011, Vallares announced a 50/50 all stock merger with Turkish Energy Champion Genel Energy, valued at $4.2 billion.[22]

Personal life[edit]

In 1994, Rothschild married socialite and model Annabelle Neilson; they divorced in 1997.[23] She died in July 2018.

In Switzerland in August 2016, Rothschild married Loretta Basey, a former model who had appeared on Page 3 of UK tabloid newspaper The Sun. He lived for a time in New York before settling in Switzerland in 2000 and, according to the Swiss business magazine Bilanz, he is a resident of Klosters in Graubünden. In 2015, his four-storey townhouse in New York's West Village was put up for sale for $17.5 million.[24]

The racehorse Nathaniel, winner of the 2011 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, was bred and owned by Rothschild's mother and is named after him.


In October 2008, Rothschild was the subject of much press speculation when it was revealed that Labour politician Peter Mandelson and the Russian aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska (RUSAL) had met when staying on a yacht moored near Corfu, in order to attend a party held by Rothschild.[25] After speculation that this might constitute a conflict of interest for Mandelson, Rothschild wrote a letter to The Times alleging that another guest was Conservative Shadow Chancellor George Osborne, who, Rothschild said, illicitly tried to solicit a donation from the Russian for his party.[26][27]

Rothschild has been linked to the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.[28]

In February 2012, Rothschild lost his libel case with the Daily Mail who had accused him of being a "puppet master" in reporting about his foreign trips with Mandelson.[29]


  1. ^ Edwardes, Charlotte (24 October 2014). "'My winners are ahead of my losers and that's what business is about': Nat Rothschild on money, modesty and feeling a bit Swiss". Evening Standard. Retrieved 28 February 2024. He is "closest" to his mother, Serena Mary Dunn, a Canadian. It says something of this allegiance that he carries a Canadian passport. "I'm not a British citizen. I think of myself as Swiss — ultimately I will get Swiss citizenship."
  2. ^ "#1153 Nathaniel Rothschild". Forbes. 1 March 2012. CITIZENSHIP Canada
  3. ^ "Nat Rothschild Gains Montenegrin Passport". Balkan Insight. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  4. ^ Cowles, V. (1973). The Rothschilds: A Family of Fortune. Knopf. ISBN 978-0-394-48773-1. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  5. ^ "The Tories and the oligarch: key characters". The Times. London. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2008.
  6. ^ "'My winners are ahead of my losers and that's what business is". Evening Standard. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Fellows' list" (PDF). Wadham Gazette. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  8. ^ a b O'Sullivan, Tom, ed. (12 March 2000). "The young elite 1-10". Retrieved 25 May 2017 – via The Guardian.
  9. ^ "PAI launches €1.24bn bid for Vivarte". efinancialnews.com. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  10. ^ "exv99w1". www.sec.gov. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  11. ^ Ebrahimi, Helia (2013). "Nat Rothschild to leave board of Barrick Gold". Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  12. ^ Casey, Simon (6 January 2010). "Glencore May Expand to Rival BHP, Rothschild Says (Update1)". Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg LP. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Vallar Completes Acquiring 75% Berau, Recapital Says". bloomberg.com. 11 April 2011.
  14. ^ Riseborough, Jesse (10 June 2011). "Vallar to Buy Bumi Minerals for $2.1 Billion to Add Deposits". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 30 July 2011.
  15. ^ Deutsch, Anthony; Thompson, Christopher (15 January 2011). "King Nat's mines". www.ft.com. Retrieved 31 October 2022.
  16. ^ "Bumi investigates alleged financial irregularities". The Daily Telegraph. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  17. ^ Josephine Moulds (31 May 2013). "Bumi reveals $200m black hole in financial results". The Guardian.
  18. ^ "Rosan Roeslani emerges as surprise buyer of Inter Milan". The Daily Telegraph (UK). 15 October 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  19. ^ "Curtain comes down on Bumi after shareholders vote for split". The Daily Telegraph. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  20. ^ Silvia Antonioli (8 June 2015). "Rothschild to sell out of ARMS as Asian bidder closes in on deal". Reuters. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  21. ^ "Hayward's Vallares Raises $2.2 Billion in IPO". bloomberg.com. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  22. ^ Lundgren, Kari (7 September 2011). "Hayward's Vallares to Acquire Iraq Fields in $2.1 Billion Genel Merger". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  23. ^ The London Telegraph: "The extrovert lifestyle of the former Mrs Nathaniel Rothschild" By Lucy Cockcroft 23 October 2008.
  24. ^ Sheffield, Hazel (15 April 2015). "This is what Nat Rothschild's New York bachelor pad looks like - and you can buy it for $17.5m". The Independent. Retrieved 31 October 2022.
  25. ^ Goodley, Simon (6 May 2011). "Nat Rothschild leaps from the Bullingdon to join billionaires' club". The Guardian. London.
  26. ^ "Nathaniel Rothschild Letter to the Editor". The Times. London. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
  27. ^ Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska & his links to British politicians, BBC Newsnight, 19 March 2018.
  28. ^ Walker, Tim (25 November 2008). "Now Nat Rothschild hobnobs with Gaddafi jnr – The Daily Telegraph". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  29. ^ Walker, Peter (10 February 2012). "Nat Rothschild loses libel case against Daily Mail over Mandelson trip". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077.

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