Rick Sopher

Honorary Fellow

Convenor, Qur'an and Bible Reading Group


Rick has a financial background and is the CEO of Edmond de Rothschild Capital Holdings, which he joined in 1993. He is the Chairman of the world's longest established investment fund of its type. Prior to that he worked at BDO Stoy Hayward, where he was appointed the youngest ever partner. He has received various industry awards including the Outstanding Contribution Award from Hedge Fund Review and the Decade of Excellence Award by Financial News.

Rick graduated from Cambridge University and has more recently worked in the area of interfaith relations, including with the Woolf Institute where he is a member of the Development Committee. His comments on the Institute can be accessed here.

In 2020 and 2021, Rick convened for the Woolf Institute an online dialogue between Professors of Religion at the world's leading universities in a Reading Group to discuss the relationship between the Qur'an and the Bible. Further details can be found here.

He has also dialogued with Muslim leaders on the subject. He has contributed to the Podcast Series Naked Reflections which can be accessed here and the Woolf Institute Series Beyond Texts, Beyond Difference, which can be accessed here.

Rick was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 2007 from President Chirac for his contribution to religious education in France and is Chairman or Director of several educational charities in the UK.

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