James Goldsmith
Anglo-French businessman
James Goldsmith
Sir James Michael "Jimmy" Goldsmith was an Anglo-French billionaire financier and tycoon. Towards the end of his life, he became a magazine publisher and a politician. In 1994, he was elected to represent France as a Member of the European Parliament and he subsequently founded the short-lived eurosceptic Referendum Party in the United Kingdom.
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Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: The Sinful Marriage
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Marriage and long-term relationships are on the decline throughout the world as is marital sex, which has been reduced, in the United States, to about once a week for seven minutes at a time (which includes the time he spends begging). Why is marriage dying and why is sex evaporating? Because it is based today on the Christian concept of love rather than the Jewish concept of lust. The New Testament condemns lust: "For everything in the world -- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life -- comes not from the Father but from the world" (1 John 2:16). Love, by contrast, was lofty. St. Paul famously argued that "God is love" and that all marriages should be based on the comforts of compatibility, friendship and shared experience. Judaism rejects this and believes that marriage must be built on deep desire and covetousness. The holiest book of the Bible, Song of Solomon, is an erotic lust poem that describes the burning yearning between a man and a w ...
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The European Magazine: A Crumbling Union
Huffington Post - about 4 years
A referendum on Britain's EU membership is likely. And if the country secedes, others could soon follow its example. by Alan Sked In 1991 I founded the Anti-Federalist League, which changed its name in 1993 to the UK Independence Party (Ukip). I remained party leader until 1997 when, for a variety of reasons, I quit. One reason was that the party was becoming too right-wing for my liberal sensitivities. The major one was that I thought Sir James Goldsmith, who had led the Referendum Party in the 1997 election, would be the torch-bearer for British Euro-scepticism in the future. However, Sir James died a few months later and his party disappeared. Hence Ukip, soon under the baleful leadership of Nigel Farage, continued to hold the torch. Farage has not been a particularly successful leader -- the party has never won a seat in Parliament and has only a tiny handful of councillors. In the House of Lords it has the support of only three very right-wing peers -- all Tory d ...
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Jay Electronica Threatens To “See” Kate Rothschild’s Ex-Husband
All Hip Hop - over 4 years
(AllHipHop News) Rapper Jay Electronica took to Twitter earlier today and threatened Ben Goldsmith, the soon-to-be ex-husband of Rothschild heiress Kate Rothschild. Jay E. took to Twitter to address reports that he is having an affair with Kate Rothschild, who runs Roundtable Records, a UK-based label. Goldsmith, who is the son of billionaire Sir James Goldsmith, married Rothschild in 2003. But the pair announced they will divorce today, after allegations of infidelity from both sides. Earlier in the year, Goldsmith was arrested and cited for assault for slapping Rothschild at their mansion. The New-Orleans rapper, who is currently living in London, was the aggressor via Twitter. “@BJGoldsmith: ‘ben you need to stop going to the press w these b******t stories. Dont be a f***ing hypocrite. I’ll come see you.,” Jay Electronica Tweeted. “you wanna go public, i’ll go public and you ain’t gonna like it. stop acting like a bitch.” Kate Rothschild also defended herself via twit ...
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West Craven candidates want your vote in the Pendle election on Thursday
Pendle Today - almost 5 years
With the West Craven electorate set to go to the polls in Pendle Council’s election on Thursday, the candidates explain why they should get your vote. COATES WARD Marjorie Adams (LD) “I am standing again as a candidate in the local elections because I want to continue working for the people of our town. I have been privileged to represent residents of Coates Ward for the past 14 years. I’ve always worked hard on behalf of local people and done my best to sort out problems, large and small in the ward. I hope, with voters’ support, to carry on doing so for another four years. “I’m heavily involved with voluntary work in Barnoldswick. I spend a lot of time helping run the Frank Street Centre and chair two environmental groups, Barnoldswick in Bloom and the Garden Gate association. I care very much about Barnoldswick’s environment. When I stood for election four years ago, I pledged to help make Barnoldswick bloom. It was really good to see the hard work of residents and volunteers ...
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Conrad Black on the French election: Whither the Fifth Republic?
Natiobak Post - almost 5 years
The simultaneous election campaigns in France and the United States furnish an astonishing spectacle of the limits and hazards of democratic government. The French Fifth Republic, founded by Charles de Gaulle in 1958, is the most successful state in French history, suffering neither the capricious despotism of the various French monarchical dynasties and two Bonapartist empires, nor the instability of the four previous republics, much less the shortcomings of the Directory, Consulate, or provisional or collaborationist regimes that dot France’s astounding history. This is because de Gaulle set up a strong executive with the trappings and legitimist props of monarchy, and called it all a republic. Yet the occupants of the presidency of the Fifth Republic have traced a gradual descent toward the mediocrity and political banality that de Gaulle so desperately wished to avoid and discourage. From de Gaulle, an objectively great statesman, to the solid and wise Georges Pompidou, to the in ...
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<b>Ann Goldsmith</b> - The Mountain Press
Google News - over 5 years
Survivors: husband, Robert Goldsmith; brother-in-law, Joe Goldsmith and wife Shirley; godchildren, Melissa Ficora, Sean Phipps; dearest friends, Kathleen and Frank Vozeh, Rosemary Webb; nephews, Joseph and James Goldsmith; great nephews, James and Sean
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Illustrer Familien-Clan steigt in Ebner-Firma ein - Cash
Google News - over 5 years
Dieser Name führt zum 1997 verstorbenen prominenten Oberhaupt und Aushängeschild des Clans: Sir James Goldsmith, ein Nachkomme der traditionsreichen deutsch-jüdischen Bankiersfamilie Goldschmidt, ehemaliger Finanz-Tycoon, Politiker und kein Kind von
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Ayes right: the new pragamatic, Eurosceptic Tory MPs - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Used to work at Conservative HQ when Michael Howard was leader but previously worked for James Goldsmith&#39;s Referendum Party. Supports calls for a debate on restoring the death penalty in Britain Photo: EYEVINE By Patrick Hennessy, Political Editor
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Khan wants to be captain of the biggest team of all - New Zealand Herald
Google News - over 5 years
In 1995, he married Jemima Goldsmith, daughter of British billionaire Sir James Goldsmith. * The couple, who have two sons, divorced in 2004. * Since retiring from cricket, he has set up a charitable cancer hospital in memory of his mother
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A Half-Century at the Local Tire Factory in a Globalizing World - Dissident Voice
Google News - over 5 years
But trouble was to strike in 1986 when, in a scenario right out of the movie Wall Street, Goodyear was subject to a hostile takeover attempt by British financier James Goldsmith. The corporation managed to survive intact, but at the cost of $90 million
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Google News - over 5 years
THANK SIR JAMES GOLDSMITH AND THE 650 REFERENDUM PARTY CANDIDATES. The Conservative Prime Minister John Major WAS going to join Britain to the EURO... just like Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath the Traitor DID make us join the Euroland EEC
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Yorkshire activist moves to US to aid Republican hopeful - Yorkshire Post
Google News - over 5 years
A WELL-KNOWN Yorkshire industrialist and prominent supporter of Sir James Goldsmith&#39;s Referendum Party has moved to America to work on Michele Bachmann&#39;s campaign to become the next President of the United States. John Hanson, once a leading light in
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Costalegre tiene dueños - El Occidental
Google News - over 5 years
... años potentados nacionales y extranjeros, éstos mediante fideicomiso, se han apoderado de inmensos terrenos: James Goldsmith, el ex gobernador del Estado de México Arturo Montiel y el banquero Roberto Hernández, por citar tres botones como muestra
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Argus top tot models collect prizes - South Wales Argus
Google News - over 5 years
Runners up were sevenmonth- old Ashleigh Gallagher, 18-month-old Isabelle Lewis and Tyler- James Goldsmith, 15 months, who all received 14x11 portraits and trophies. The Argus would like to thank all those who took their children along to Asda and
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MAX HASTINGS: News of the World shutting down: Without a free Press we would ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
One of the late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith&#39;s acolytes telephoned me at the Evening Standard during the 1997 election campaign, in which we castigated him for funding scores of candidates for his Referendum Party, to scupper the Tories
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Police arrest a suspect in Aspen bank bomb threat - Aspen Times
Google News - over 5 years
Alexander James Goldsmith, 18, of Aspen was arrested Friday and released from custody after posting $5000 bond the same day. He has not been charged formally. Police records show that he faces two potential felony counts: menacing and false report of
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Profile: <strong>Quek Leng Chan</strong> - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Add to that the five dormant UK casino licences Guoco already holds and the luxurious Clermont Club casino, made famous in the 1960s as the Mayfair haunt of buccaneering corporate raiders such as James Goldsmith, Jim Slater and Tiny Rowland
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Mary Ann Sieghart: Where have all the europhiles gone? - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
James Goldsmith, in the last year of his life, forced the Conservatives to agree to a referendum before we joined. That forced Labour to promise one too. Without that obstacle, Blair would undoubtedly have signed us up. Then it was a question of making
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Richard Ingrams: Journalists, as well as politicians, fawn on Murdoch - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
His aim was to impress upon me the merits of my legal opponent at the time, the ruthless and unpleasant tycoon Sir James Goldsmith, whom Rees-Mogg greatly admired and, according to his book, still does. I can&#39;t now remember anything of what he said
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Tina Brown's Awful 'Newsweek' Cover Story on 'Diana at 50' - New Republic
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As the financier Sir James Goldsmith once put it, “When you marry your mistress, you create a job vacancy,” and Charles, having married Camilla, would suddenly have found the company of his ex strangely comforting. Diana, with time, would no longer
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Goldsmith
  • 1997
    Age 64
    Goldsmith died in his 64th year of cancer on 18 July 1997 at Benahavis in Spain.
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    At the 1997 Westminster Parliamentary General Election Goldsmith stood as a candidate for the Referendum Party in the London constituency of Putney, against the former Tory Minister David Mellor, M.P., in a electoral contest in which Goldsmith polled 3.5% of the vote.
    More Details Hide Details The declaration of the Putney result, which was televised and nationally broadcast live on the night of 1 May 1997, saw a charged atmosphere at the count, with a rowdy crowd in attendance of anti-European Union activists from the Referendum Party, and the recently inaugurated United Kingdom Independence Party (which would itself receive only a couple of hundred votes in Putney that night). An acrimonious confrontation between Mellor (who had lost his seat to the Labour Party candidate) and Goldsmith developed on stage after Mellor, in what was to be his valedictory address from politics, personally insulted Goldsmith's candidacy, during which part of the crowd, Goldsmith and the UKIP candidate began a gleefully defiant collective repetitive shouting chant of "Out!" in response, in celebration of the perceived substantive damage having been done to a prominent member of the Westminster Parliamentary political order which they had become so contemptuous of.Goldsmith's electoral performance at Putney had been, however, reasonably insubstantial, in an English electoral culture in which it is notoriously difficult for new political parties or maverick politicians to break through overnight. The 1518 votes his candidacy had garnered had not in itself defeated the incumbent Mellor, who had lost by 2976 votes; moreover it amounted to less than 5% of the total votes cast, this being insufficient for Goldsmith to retain the candidate's financial deposit of £500. Mellor had correctly predicted at the count that the Referendum Party was "dead in the water", and the Party would subsequently disappear with Goldsmith's death two months after the election.
  • 1995
    Age 62
    From 1995 to 2004, Jemima Khan was married to the Pakistani cricketer and politician Imran Khan, having converted to Islam and living for a period in Lahore.
    More Details Hide Details Jemima was in a relationship with comedian Russell Brand in 2013 and 2014. Speculation about Goldsmith's romantic life was a popular topic in the British media: for example, in the press, there were claims that James Goldsmith was the father of the family friend Diana, Princess of Wales, due to his friendship with Diana's mother and, later, with Diana. After his third marriage, Goldsmith embarked on an affair with an aristocratic Frenchwoman, Laure Boulay de La Meurthe (granddaughter of Bruno, Count of Harcourt and Princess Isabelle of Orléans) with whom he had two more children, Jethro and Charlotte. He treated de La Meurthe as his wife and introduced her as such during the last years of his life. Goldsmith is known for his legal attack on the magazine Private Eye, which referred to him as "Sir Jams" and in Goldsmith's Referendum Party period as "Sir Jams Fishpaste". In 1976 he issued more than 60 libel writs against Private Eye and its distributors, nearly bankrupting the magazine and almost imprisoning its editor Richard Ingrams. This story is detailed in Ingrams' book Goldenballs! The publisher of the magazine was Anthony Blond, an old friend; Blond and Goldsmith themselves remained on good terms.
  • 1994
    Age 61
    As an economic alternative he espoused a restoration of Classical Liberalism, and a return to Mercantilism, and the prevention by governmental action of mass migrations by populations from poorer areas of the globe into the First World driven by economic motivation, which he foresaw as an inevitability of escalating Third World population demographics and First World governmental Neo-Liberal and Socialist ideologies.In 1994 he was elected in France as a member of the European Parliament, representing the Majorité pour l'autre Europe party, and subsequently became the leader of the eurosceptic Europe of Nations group within the European Parliament. In the early 1990's, with the removal of Margaret Thatcher from the Prime Minister's office by the Tories, and their enactment into law of the Maastricht Treaty, Goldsmith, who up until that time had had close links with the Conservative Party, came to the conclusion that it was no longer a serious political vehicle to oppose the European Union's advancing power, and that opposition would have to be created within the party political system beyond its current order of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats parties, all of which supported the United Kingdom's incorporation into the European Union.In consequence, in 1994 Goldsmith founded and financed The Referendum Party in the United Kingdom, modeled upon the Majorité pour l'autre Europe, with the objective of seeking a referendum for its national withdrawal from the European Union, which would go on to stand candidates in the country's General Election of 1997.
    More Details Hide Details As the mid-1990's progressed Goldsmith involved himself in British politics, appearing with increasing regularity in the political press, and in domestic political televised debates, raising opposition to the nature of the European Union and what he perceived was mainstream media culpability in playing down its supranational ambitions, and pouring scorn on a Westminster parliamentary political order that he stated had failed the nation and was now willfully betraying its governmental sovereignty.
    Goldsmith became an active campaigner on environmental issues during his later years. He published a book entitled The Trap in 1994 outlining what he believed were some key challenges facing mankind, with a focus particularly on the fields of modern intensive farming and the use of nuclear power.
    More Details Hide Details This area had been a lifelong passion of his brother, Edward, but Goldsmith himself had shown little interest publicly in the topic during his business career. The book received criticism of its content from a variety of sources, including the European Commission, the British Tory politician Chris Patten, Brian Hindley of the Neo-Liberal Centre for Policy Studies, John Kay and Norman Macrae. Goldsmith rebutted their reaction in another publication entitled The Response, published in 1995. Posthumously Goldsmith's estate would provide funding for an organization entitled the 'J.M.G. Foundation', which supports a range of activism opposed to the commercial advance of Genetically Modified Organisms in farm production. Goldsmith was married three times, and some assumed that he coined the phrase "When a man marries his mistress, he creates a vacancy." However, the phrase was actually coined by Sacha Guitry.
    By 1994 executives working in his employ in Hong Kong had built a substantial position in the intermediation of global strategic raw-material flows.
    More Details Hide Details Studies of public filings have found signs of the same Goldsmith-backed Hong Kong-based team taking stakes in operations as diverse as Soviet strategic ports in Vladivostok and Vostochny, and in Zee TV, India's dominant private television broadcaster later sold to Rupert Murdoch. A large Hong Kong-linked and Goldsmith-funded stake in one of the world's largest nickel operations, INCO Indonesia, was also disclosed in the 1990s, showing Goldsmith's ability to position capital before a trend became obvious to others. The Group was also a major backer of the Hong Kong-based and Singapore listed major raw material player Noble Group, with low-profile long-time Goldsmith protégé Tobias Brown serving for many years as the company's non-executive chairman. Although little is known about the somewhat enigmatic Brown, he is widely credited with orchestrating the Goldsmith investments in the Far East, which have created more than a third of the family's wealth.
    In 1994 he was elected to represent a French constituency as a Member of the European Parliament.
    More Details Hide Details He founded the short-lived Eurosceptic Referendum Party in the United Kingdom, and was one of the key power-brokers in British political circles that initiated party political opposition in that nation to its membership of the European Union, the development of which would ultimately lead to its withdrawal from the organization. Goldsmith was allegedly the inspiration for the fictional character of the corporate raider Sir Larry Wildman in Oliver Stone's Wall Street. Margaret Thatcher said of him: "Jimmy Goldsmith was one of the most powerful and dynamic personalities that this generation has seen. He was enormously generous, and fiercely loyal to the causes he espoused". Born in Paris, Goldsmith was the son of luxury hotel tycoon and former Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Major Frank Goldsmith and his French wife Marcelle Mouiller, and younger brother of environmental campaigner Edward Goldsmith.
  • 1993
    Age 60
    He also swapped his American timber assets for a 49.9 percent stake in Newmont Mining and remained on the board of Newmont until he liquidated his stake through open-market trades in 1993.
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  • 1990
    Age 57
    In 1990, Goldsmith also began a lower-profile, but also profitable, global "private equity style" investment operation.
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  • 1989
    Age 56
    However he continued corporate raiding, including an attempt on British-American Tobacco in 1989 (for which he joined Kerry Packer and Jacob Rothschild).
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  • 1987
    Age 54
    Goldsmith retired to Mexico in 1987, having anticipated the market crash that year and liquidated his assets.
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  • 1986
    Age 53
    Additionally, in 1986 Goldsmith's companies reportedly made $90 million from an attempted hostile takeover of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, although he regarded this profit as an inadequate consolation for the failure to carry the bid through to a successful conclusion.
    More Details Hide Details The management of the company coordinated a virulent campaign against Goldsmith, involving unions, the press and politicians at state and federal level.
  • 1983
    Age 50
    From 1983 until 1988, Goldsmith, via takeovers in America, built a private holding company, Cavenham Forest Industries, which became one of the largest private owners of timberland and one of the top-five timber-holding companies of any type in America.
    More Details Hide Details Goldsmith and Franklin identified a quirk in American accounting whereby companies with substantial timberland holdings would often carry them on their balance sheets at a nominal valuation (as the result of years of depreciation). Goldsmith, a reader of financial statements, realised that in the case of Crown Zellerbach the underlying value of the timberland assets alone, carried at only $12.5m on the balance sheet, was worth more than the target company's total market capitalisation of around $900m. With this insight, Goldsmith began raids that left him with a holding company owning huge tracts of timberland acquired at virtually no net cost. The majority of the pulp and paper assets were sold to James River Corporation in 1986, which in turn became a part of Georgia-Pacific in 2000. (The brown paper container division became Gaylord Container).
  • 1980
    Age 47
    In early 1980, he formed a partnership with longtime friend and merchant banker, Sir Roland Franklin.
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  • 1978
    Age 45
    Goldsmith's second wife was Ginette Léry with whom he had a son, Manes, and daughter, Alix. In 1978, he married for the third time; his new wife was his mistress Lady Annabel Birley; the couple had three children: Jemima Khan (born in 1974), Zacharias (born in 1975) and Benjamin (born in 1980).
    More Details Hide Details Zac and Jemima Khan have both become much reported upon figures in the media; in 2003 Ben married heiress Kate Emma Rothschild (born 1982), daughter of the late Hon. Amschel Rothschild and his wife Anita Guinness of the Guinness Brewery family.
  • 1976
    Age 43
    Goldsmith was knighted in the 1976 resignation honours – the so-called "Lavender List" – of Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
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  • 1975
    Age 42
    During the 1960s and '70s Goldsmith received backing from the finance company Slater & Walker and when that company crashed having to be rescued by the Bank of England in 1975, eyebrows were raised when it was handed over to Goldsmith's control by Jim Slater for its final dismemberment through his private companies.
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  • 1973
    Age 40
    In early 1973 Goldsmith travelled to New York to assess the US business opportunities, followed by a tour round Central and South America.
    More Details Hide Details He took the view that the UK economy was due for a downturn and began aggressively liquidating many of his assets. In December that year, in the midst of financial chaos, he announced that he had acquired a 51% controlling stake in Grand Union, one of the oldest retailing conglomerates in the US. He set Jim Wood – who had revitalised his British retail operations – to work on rationalising the operations of the chain, but he ran into continuous obstruction from both unions and management.
  • 1971
    Age 38
    In June 1971 he launched a bid for Bovril which was a much larger company with a diverse portfolio including several strong brands (including Marmite, Ambrosia, Virol and Jaffajuice), dairies and dairy farms, and cattle ranches in Argentina.
    More Details Hide Details It was run by the third generation of the founding family and Goldsmith concluded that they were clueless. The bid was strongly contested and Goldsmith was fiercely attacked by the financial press. The directors tried to induce Beechams and Rowntree Mackintosh to make rival offers, but in the end they both withdrew. After the successful bid, Goldsmith sold the dairies and farms to Max Joseph's Express Dairies group for £5.3m, and found buyers in South America for the ranches. Sales of other parts of the company recouped almost all of the £13m that the acquisition had cost him. Some years later he sold the brand names to Beecham for £36m. Later he took over Allied Distributors, who owned a miscellaneous portfolio of grocery stores and small chains, including the Liptons shops. He set Jim Wood (who had been responsible for imposing systems and business discipline on the sweetshops) to work on rationalising the operations of these shops, and disposing of those that did not fit into the overall business logic. As journalists began to question his techniques of dealing with the funds and assets of publicly quoted companies, Goldsmith began dealing through private companies registered in the UK and abroad. These included the French company Générale Occidentale and Hong Kong and then Cayman-registered General Oriental Investments.
  • 1965
    Age 32
    With the financial backing of Sir Isaac Wolfson, he acquired diverse food companies quoted on the London Stock Exchange as Cavenham Foods in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Initially the group had an annual turnover of £27m and negligible profits. He added bakeries and then confectioners to the group, and then took over a number of wholesalers and retailers including small chains of tobacco, confectioner and newsagent shops. By rationalising the activities, closing inefficient factories, and improving the management practices, he steadily improved productivity. By 1971 the turnover was £35m and profits were up to £2m.
  • 1954
    Age 21
    The marriage was brief: rendered comatose by a cerebral haemorrhage in her seventh month of pregnancy, Maria Isabel Patiño de Goldsmith died in May 1954; her only child, Isabel, was delivered by caesarean section and survived.
    More Details Hide Details She was brought up by Goldsmith's family and was married for a few years to French sportsman Arnaud de Rosnay. On her father's death, she inherited a large share of his estate. Isabel has since become a successful art-collector.
  • 1949
    Age 16
    Goldsmith first attended Millfield and then later Eton College, but dropped out in 1949 aged 16, after he had bet £10 on a three-horse accumulator at Lewes, winning £8,000 (equivalent to about £257,000 in 2015).
    More Details Hide Details With his winnings he decided that he should leave Eton immediately; in a speech at his boarding house he declared that, "a man of my means should not remain a schoolboy." Goldsmith served in British Army's Royal Artillery under the National Service requirements, during which time he received a commission as an officer. His father Frank Goldsmith changed the family name from the German Goldschmidt to the English Goldsmith. The Goldschmidts, neighbours and rivals to the Rothschild family, were a wealthy, Frankfurt-based, Jewish family, who had been influential figures in international merchant banking since the 16th century. James's great-grandfather was Benedict Hayum Salomon Goldschmidt, banker and consul to the Grand Duke of Tuscany. James's grandfather Adolphe Benedict Goldschmidt (1838–1918), a multi-millionaire, came to London in 1895. His father had had to flee France with his family when the Nazis overran the country, and only just managed to escape on the last over-loaded ship to get away, leaving behind their hotels and much of their property. His father and grandfather had lived in great style, and there was little left of the family fortune by the time Goldsmith started out in business.
  • 1933
    Age 0
    Born on February 26, 1933.
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