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Heir to Goldsmith and Rothschild dynasties, 15, dies in quad bike accident – Metro.co.uk

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Picture of Ben Goldsmith with daughter Iris Annabel (left) next to picture of Iris, 15, who died in a quad bike accident at their family farm
Tragedy for Goldsmith and Rothschild dynasties as Ben Goldsmith\’s 15-year-old daughter dies in quad bike accident on family farm

The 15-year-old daughter of millionaire financier Ben Goldsmith and Kate Rothschild has died in a horrific quad bike accident.

Ambulances rushed to the home in North Brewham, Somerset, after Iris Annabel crashed in a field next to the family farm.

Locals in the quiet village have spoken of their shock at the death of the ‘charming’ teenager.

A family friend told the Mail: ‘This is the most awful accident. Iris was a complete firecracker – an absolute delight. Everyone in the family loved her to bits.

‘She was beautiful, charming, intelligent, wonderful company and absolutely the loveliest person you could meet.

‘Ben and Kate are completely devastated. They are numbed to their core and united in their grief.

‘Iris captured the charm of Ben and the sense of Bohemian charisma of Kate.

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‘All the family are rallying round Ben and Kate.’

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Kate Goldsmith, Ben Goldsmith and Iris Goldsmith arrive at the home of Lady Annabel Goldsmith for an evening reception after attending the wedding of Lord Frederick (Freddie) Windsor and Sophie Winkleman on September 12, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Kate Goldsmith, Ben Goldsmith and Iris Goldsmith (Picture: Getty Images)

Iris Annabel was an heir to both the Goldsmith and Rothschild dynasties.

They are two of the most powerful families in the world who have had great sway over the UK’s political and financial worlds.

Ben’s older brother is Tory MP Zac Goldsmith and his sister is documentary and film producer Jemima Khan, the former wife of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Iris was a high flying student at Wycombe Abbey, a £12,980-a-term independent girls’ boarding school in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

She had just started her summer break having studied for her GCSEs when she died.

A local from the village said: ‘Everyone here who’s heard what happened is devastated by this.

‘The whole village has been affected by this, as you can imagine.

‘Our hearts go out to her parents and family. It’s a very sensitive time.’

Died... Iris Annabel Goldsmith, daughter of Ben Goldsmith has died at the age of 14. The family have provided this picture for publication,
Locals in north Brewham were devastated to hear of  Iris’ death
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05: Iris Annabel Goldsmith and Ben Goldsmith attends the launch of new restaurant Tart's Kitchen on May 5, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
Ben Goldsmith with his first born daughter Iris in 2015 (Picture: Getty Images)

Iris was the first child of Ben and Kate, who are believed to have a joint fortune of more than £300 million, the Mail reports.

The former couple also have two sons together – Frank, 13, and Issac, 11.

Ben married the heiress to the Rothschild banking empire, in 2003 but separated in 2012 when Kate started a relationship with rapper Jay Electronica.

The Old Etonian also has two young children, Eliza and Arlo, with catering company boss Jemima Jones, who he married two years after the split.

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Ben is an advisor to Environment minister Michael Gove and was appointed as a non-executive director at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs om 2018.

He is also chairman to the Goldsmith’s JMG Foundation, which bankrolls environmental campaigns and work.

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