Lord Rothschild (1936-2024)

26 February 2024

The Rothschild Foundation is sad to announce the death of its Chairman, Lord Rothschild, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cultural leader, who made a profound difference to many areas of British life.

He led, amongst other institutions, the National Gallery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the family’s flagship, Waddesdon Manor. He supported many causes, some close to his home in Buckinghamshire, others as far afield as Israel, Albania, Greece and the United States. He was committed to helping communities, the environment, education and above all, the arts. His exemplary service to his country was recognised on several occasions, with a GBE, a CVO and as a member of the Order of Merit.

Jacob Rothschild was an extraordinary person, and his loss will be felt by many. The family is committed to continuing his legacy and the foundation which he loved and endowed.

He was married for more than fifty years to Serena (nee Dunn 1936-2019) with whom he had four children, Hannah, Beth, Emily and Nat and many grandchildren.

His daughter Hannah takes over with immediate effect as Patron and Chair of the Rothschild Foundation.

Messages of condolence are welcomed and can be sent to [email protected]. They will all be appreciated and read, however, please understand that it may not be possible to respond to you personally at this time.

We will all be inspired by his vision, ambition and his commitment to excellence.