BRITISH financier Sir Evelyn de Rothschild has died aged 91, his family announced today.
Sir Evelyn was the son of Anthony de Rothschild and Yvonne Cahen d’Anvers of the Bischoffsheim banking family.
His family confirmed he died “peacefully at home” in a statement.
The financier was born in London in 1931 to the famous banking family.
He attended Harrow School and the University of Cambridge before dedicating his life to his family’s bank after his father retired in 1961.
Sir Evelyn was chief executive and chairman of the bank NM Rothschild and Sons Ltd between 1976 and 2003.
He was also chairman of The Economist from 1972 to 1989.
Under his watch, his family’s bank’s total assets grew from £40 million to £4.6 billion.
Sir Evelyn was knighted by the Queen for services to banking and finance in 1989.
As he got older, he began dedicating his life to philanthropy – chairing the Eranda Rothschild foundation, which has donated more than £73million to medical research, education and the arts.
Sir Evelyn also founded conservation charity Elephant Family with the Duchess of Cornwall’s late brother Mark Shand.
He is survived by his wife Lynn and three children Jessica, Anthony, and David, as well as two step-sons, Benjamin Forester Stein and John Forester Stein.