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A bit late, sorry.

Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, the founder of the Gitana Sailing Team with his wife Ariane , died of a heart attack at his home, Château de Pregny, in Geneva, Switzerland, on Jan. 15. He was 57. Gitana yachts have triumphed in many competitions, including transatlantic races Route du Rhum and Transat

He was a banker, philanthropist and wine estate owner—died of a heart attack at his home, Château de Pregny, in Geneva, Switzerland, on Jan. 15. He was 57.

De Rothschild was chairman of the privately owned financial group Edmond de Rothschild, founded by his father, which has banks in Paris, Luxembourg, Geneva and London, with 32 global locations in all. The group specializes in private wealth management and handles more than $190 billion in assets.

The banking heir was famous for his passion for sailing, fast cars and philanthropy. He also loved the world of wine. Read on thanks to the Wine Spectator.