RIT Capital Partners plc (RITCP) is a listed investment trust (LSE: RCP) established in 1988 and based in London. The trust is administered by its wholly-owned subsidiary J. Rothschild Capital Management Ltd.
Jacob Rothschild has chaired RIT since its floatation in 1988. He also serves as Chairman of the Nominations Committee. 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 Capital plc. He served as Deputy Chairman of BSkyB Plc for five years, to 2008. He serves on the International Advisory Board of Blackstone plc and on three family office advisory boards as well as chairing his own family's office.
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.
Head of Private Investments
Graham Thomas is Head of Private Investments at RIT Capital Partners plc and chairs RIT's Executive Committee.
Graham was previously the head of the Standard Bank Group's global Principal Investment business. Before that he was a founding partner at MidOcean Partners, formerly DB Capital, which he joined from Goldman Sachs International.
Graham is a Rhodes Scholar, with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town, and an MA from Oxford.
Ron Tabbouche is the Investment Director.
He was previously the Head of Investments for Managed Portfolios at GAM. Ron started his career focusing on Government Bond markets and at the age of 26, he joined GAM's Investment Committee, having spent time working closely with Gilbert de Botton, the co-founder of GAM. More recently, Ron led the overall investment strategy of multi-billion funds across a broad range of asset classes.
Ron is an Economics graduate of the University of London and holds an MSc in Investment Management from City University Business School.
Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Jones was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer in 2008. He is responsible for the valuation of RIT's unquoted investments.
Andrew spent three years at a start-up VC business focussing on military technology commercialisation as both Investment Director and Finance Director. He spent four years at Nomura, initially advising on its private equity investments. He subsequently transferred into corporate development and strategy where his responsibilities included the spin-off of its main private equity business into Terra Firma. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte where he spent nine years, mainly in the corporate finance department as a valuation advisor.
Andrew has a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Accounting from the University of Bristol.
Chief Operating Officer
Jonathan Kestenbaum is the Chief Operating Officer. Until 2011 he was Chief Executive of Five Arrows Limited, an investment holding company of which Lord Rothschild is the President. He was previously Chief Executive of NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), the UK’s largest source of seed finance for technology start-ups and a leading authority on how innovation fosters economic growth. Prior to this he was Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Apax Partners, Sir Ronald Cohen.
Jonathan serves on the Government's Technology Strategy Board, which oversees public investment in breakthrough technologies. He is Chairman of the Manchester Science Panel, which has examined ways of developing the city's science base to foster economic growth.
Jonathan studied at the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. He also has an MBA with distinction from the Cass Business School in London. He is a graduate of the Cabinet Office Top Management programme and the Strategic Agility programme at Harvard Business School.
In January 2011, Jonathan Kestenbaum was appointed to The House of Lords and became Lord Kestenbaum of Foxcote