Jacob Rothschild has chaired RIT Capital Partners since 1988. 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 and serves on a number of family office advisory boards. He chairs The Rothschild Foundation in the UK and 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 on the jury for the Pritzker Prize for Architecture 2002 – 2004, as chairman for the final year. He was awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty the Queen in 2002. Members of the Order are limited in number to 24 in the United Kingdom. The order is given to those who have rendered exceptionally meritorious service in the field of the arts, learning, literature and science.