Sir Evelyn de Rothschild was born into a wealthy banking dynasty. During World War II, Rothschild’s family brought him to the United States for a time. He was a student at the Harrow School, an independent school for boys in London. He studied history at Trinity College Cambridge University before eventually dropping out. Evelyn de Rothschild spent his youth traveling, socializing, driving exotic sports cars, enjoying thoroughbred horse racing and playing polo. It was not until age 26 that he decided to join N M Rothschild & Sons banking house to be trained in the family’s business
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II knighted Rothschild in 1989, and he he serves as one of her financial advisers. Rothschild has served as the chairman of Rothschild’s Continuation Holdings AG and, formerly, has been the co-chairman of Zurich’s Rothschild Bank AG. Rothschild has pursued work in many fields, including in arts, medical research and politics. He is a philanthropist of the arts as a trustee at the Shakespeare Globe Trust, and the Council for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.