Death of Red Kite Radio benefactor

Red Kite Radio is sorry to learn that Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, died this week on Tuesday 26th February 2024 at the age of 87.

The Rothschild Foundation donated grant money to Red Kite Radio to help towards the creation of our studio at Haddenham Garden Centre at our launch in 2017.

Lord Rothschild, an investment banker, philanthropist and patron of the arts, was educated at Christ Church, Oxford where he gained a First in History.

In 1988 he inherited from his aunt Dorothy de Rothshild, the Waddeson and Eythrope estates and began a close association with Waddesdon Manor, the house and grounds which were built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 1880s and bequeathed to the National Trust in 1957 by James A de Rothschild.  

Lord Rothschild was a major benefactor of the restoration of Waddesdon Manor through a private family charitable trust and had been given authority by the National Trust to run Waddesdon Manor as a semi-independent operation. The cellars at Waddesdon Manor house his personal collection of 15,000 bottles of Rothschild wines dating as far back as 1870.

Lord Rothschild lived at Eythrope, his private estate near Stone.

His wife Serena Mary Dunn died in 2019.  They had four children, Hannah, Beth, Emily and Nathaniel.