Benjamin de Rothschild, the dauphine of the famed Rothschild banking and wine empire, died last week at the age of 57-years-old.
Rothschild served as Chairman of the Edmond de Rothschild Group. The large conglomerate boasted about $200 billion in assets spread over 15 countries. However, oenophiles know the company best for their vineyards holdings including the legendary first growth Bordeaux, Château Lafite Rothschild. (For good measure, the firm also owns the Michelin starred restaurant 1920.)
Rothschild’s death was announced by the EdRG in a statement which attributed his passing to a heart attack.
“Visionary entrepreneur, passionate about finance, speed, sailing and automobiles, Benjamin de Rothschild was also a nature and wine enthusiast, heavily invested in French and foreign wine estates,” memorialized the Group.
“With his unique character, Benjamin de Rothschild never ceased to transform and modernise his legacy, in line with the family’s values.”
Rothschild was survived by his wife Ariane and four daughters.