; born December 15, 1942) is a French banker and a member of the French branch of the Rothschild family.
He is the chairman of Rothschild Continuation Holdings, a Swiss holding company (which is believed to be controlled by Concordia BV, another holding company, registered in the Netherlands).
His maternal grandfather was the Hungarian Baron Philipp Schey von Koromla.
While his mother remained in New York City throughout the war, his father went to England where he joined the Free French Forces.
Following the liberation of France, the family returned to their home in Paris. David de Rothschild was educated at Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris in Paris from which he graduated in 1966.
He has one half-brother: Baron Édouard de Rothschild from his father's later marriage to Baroness Marie-Hélène van Zuylen van Nyevelt; two half-sisters, Lili and Bettina Krahmer, from his mother's first marriage to Kurt Krahmer; and one step-brother, Philippe de Nicolay from his stepmother's first marriage to French Count François de Nicolay.
He began his business career at Société miniére et métallurgique de Peñarroya, one of the family's international mining businesses headquartered in Paris.
He then began training in de Rothschild Frères bank.French government reform of banking regulations ended the legal distinction between banques d'affaires and deposit banks and in 1967 de Rothschild Frères became Banque Rothschild, a limited-liability company.David de Rothschild's father was an aggressive businessman who strove to expand the bank and their investments in mining and oil exploration as chairman of Imetal S. However, the family fortunes suffered a severe setback following the election to the French Presidency of the socialist government of François Mitterrand in 1981.The new parliament nationalized a number of large companies and banks including that of the Rothschild family.An angry and discouraged 72-year-old Guy de Rothschild left France for a time and settled in New York City where the family had existing but limited business activities.In an interview, dated 18 October 2003, with George Trefgarne published in The Spectator, David de Rothschild indicated that it took until 1986, when the Socialists lost power, for the Rothschild family to get a new banking licence in France.