Edouard Etienne Alphonse de Rothschild (1957-)
Baron Edouard Etienne Alphonse de Rothschild is the son of Baron Guy Edouard Alphonse Paul de Rothschild (1909-2007) and Baronne Marie Hélène Naila Stephanie Josina de Rothschild (née van Zuylen de Nyevelt) (1927-1996). He is the half-brother of Baron David René de Rothschild (b.1942).
Edouard was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine. He studied law at Panthéon-Assas University in France and in 1985 graduated with an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. In 1982, he married Mathilde Marie Alexe Christiane Abdy (b.1952); in 1991, he married Arielle Marie Malard (b. 1963).
In July 2003, he was made head of Rothschild & Cie Banque, the Paris based bank he founded in 1987 with his half-brother Baron David René de Rothschild and cousin Barion Eric de Rothschild. He stepped down in June 2004 but remained involved as the non-executive chairman of the bank's supervisory board while taking on projects unrelated to finance. Until May 2005, he was a member of the Supervisory Board at Imerys S.A., a company the family had been a majority or significant shareholder in since 1880. In January 2005, Edouard purchased a majority shareholding in the French newspaper Libération. He owns a share of the Château Lafite vineyard.
An avid horse enthusiast, he competes both nationally and internationally in equestrian show jumping. He inherited the Haras de Meautry stud farm in Toques in Basse-Normandie where he breeds thoroughbred race horses.