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Jacob Rothschild

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As a member of a renowned international banking family, the financier Jacob Rothschild inherited a unique position in the world, he has used this position to preserve the world's cultural inheritance. As Chairman of Trustees of Britain's National Gallery from 1985 to 1991, Lord Rothschild arranged for the expansion and restoration of the Gallery's home in London. He also provided for the restoration of architectural treasures such as Spencer House in London and Waddeson Manor, a historic home of the Rothschild family that now belongs to the National Trust. From 1994 to 1998, Lord Rothschild chaired the National Heritage Memorial Fund, which supports Britain's art galleries, museums and nature preserves. Under Lord Rothschild's leadership the Fund opened the Gilbert Collection at Somerset House to the public for the first time. Lord Rothschild is chairman of Yad Hanadiv, the family foundation. Under Lord Rothschild's leadership, the foundation built and donated a new Supreme Court building to the state of Israel. He has also co-founded the Butrint Foundation to protect and conserve Greco-Roman archaeological sites in Albania. In this podcast, recorded at the 2000 International Achievement Summit in London, England, Lord Rothschild tells the academy's student delegates that he has enjoyed the challenge of balancing a demanding financial career with his passion for the arts and cultural preservation. He discusses his successful effort to keep Sir Winston Churchill's papers in Britain, as well as the Rothschild family's historic contributions to cultural institutions around the world.

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  • Category: Business
  • Language: English

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