James Goldsmith

Politician

1933 – 1997

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Who was 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. He was known for his many romantic relationships and for the various children he fathered with his wives and many girlfriends. Goldsmith was the inspiration for the character of the corporate raider Sir Larry Wildman in Oliver Stone's Wall Street. On his death, Tony Blair stated: "He was an extraordinary character and though I didn't always agree with his political views, obviously, he was an amazing and interesting, fascinating man." Margaret Thatcher stated: "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."

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Born
Feb 26, 1933
French Third Republic
Also known as
  • Sir James Goldsmith
  • Sir Jimmy Goldsmith
  • Sir James Goldsmith MEP
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
  • France
Profession
Education
  • Eton College
  • Millfield
Employment
  • NOW!
    (1979 - )
Lived in
  • Paris
  • London
Died
Jul 18, 1997
Benahavís

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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