Lord Jacob Rothschild was Chair of RIT Capital Partners from 1988 until 2019. Having left NM Rothschild & Sons in 1980, he co-founded companies in money management, insurance and investment, including Global Asset Management and St James’s Place plc. He served as Deputy Chairman of BskyB Plc for five years to 2008. He has served on a number of family office advisory boards, is Chairman of The Rothschild Foundation in the UK and is President of Yad Hanadiv (The Rothschild Foundation in Israel).
In addition to his career in finance he has been involved in public service including the arts, heritage and philanthropy having chaired The National Gallery, The National Heritage Memorial Fund and The Heritage Lottery Fund. He was awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty the Queen in 2002. The order is given to those who have rendered exceptionally meritorious service in the field of the arts, learning, literature and science, and are limited in number to 24 in the United Kingdom.