The famous Rothschild family is in mourning. To AFP, she announced the death of the baron Benjamin de Rothschild, the son of Baroness Nadine de Rothschild and her late husband Edmond de Rothschild. The one who was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Edmond de Rothschild Holding SA, the umbrella entity of the Edmond de Rothschild Group, died on January 15, 2021 from a heart attack, at the age of 57.
“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 in Pregny (Switzerland) on the afternoon of the 15th January 2021The family said in a statement sent to AFP. Benjamin de Rothschild’s funeral will take place in the coming days in the strictest family privacy.
Baron Benjamin de Rothschild had been at the head of the Edmond de Rothschild group since 1997 and the death of his father. Founded in 1953, the group now has 2,600 employees and 32 locations around the world. The value of the assets amounts to 173 billion Swiss francs (160 billion euros). 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.
Passionate about sailing, Benjamin de Rothschild was also known for having created in 2000 the “Gitana Team“, offshore racing team that has won victories in the Route du Rhum, the English Transat, the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Transat Jacques Vabre,”or during the Orma Grand Prix or the transatlantic races where he embarked with his teams“, specified the Gitana Team in a press release. He has thus continued a shared history between his family and sailing initiated by his great-great aunt and his father.