Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, 22nd fortune in France, is dead

Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Edmond de Rothschild Holding SA, the umbrella entity of the Edmond de Rothschild Group, died on Friday at the age of 57, following a heart attack.

“Ariane de Rothschild and her daughters are extremely sad to announce the death of their husband and father, Benjamin de Rothschild, following a heart attack at the family home of Pregny (Switzerland) on the afternoon of January 15, 2021, “the family said in a statement.

Heir to Château Clarke in Médoc since 1997

Renowned banker, Benjamin de Rothschild had long diversified his activities, investing among others in wine, the media and a sailing sports team. In 2020, the magazine Challenges classified him as the 22nd French fortune. He was thus the wealthiest of the Rothschild line.

In the middle of the vineyard, Benjamin de Rothschild was the heir since 1997 of Château Clarke, in Listrac in Médoc. He also owned the Château des Laurets in Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion since 2004.

Benjamin de Rothschild © Photo credit: Photo DR

In 2017, with his wife Ariane, he became the majority shareholder of the “Slate” news site. He had also been at the heart of a controversy after the organization of safaris in Africa, especially in Cameroon, through operators it had acquired.

The value of the assets managed by the group amounts to 173 billion Swiss francs

The Franco-Swiss group headquartered in Geneva, specializing in private banking and asset management, has no connection with the Franco-British investment bank Rothschild and Co. The value of assets managed by the group amounts to 173 billion Swiss francs. Founded in 1953, the group now has 2,600 employees and 32 locations around the world.

Benjamin de Rothschild had been at the head of the group since 1997 and the death of his father, Edmond de Rothschild, husband of Baroness Nadine de Rothschild, who became known for his defense of good manners and good manners. Benjamin de Rothschild’s funeral will take place in the coming days in the strictest family privacy, his family said.

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