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Janet  DE BOTTON (GREEN)

 

 Janet Frances De Botton è nata il 31 marzo del 1952 ed è vedova del finanziere svizzero Gilbert De Botton che aveva sposato in seconde nozze nel 1990. Janet  è una figura di spicco nel mondo dell'arte, una eccezionale filantropa ed anche una valente giocatrice di bridge ed uno degli sponsor più noti al mondo in campo bridgistico.

 Figlia di Lord Wolfson di Marylebone è stata sposata in prime nozze con il multimilionario Michael Green ed è, per questo, meglio nota come Janet Green.

 Ha fatto parte del Consiglio di Amministrazione della Tate Gallery per oltre dieci anni ed è una rinomata collezionista d'arte.

 Solo verso la fine dello scorso secolo Janet ha imparato il bridge e se ne è innamorata al punto da diventare rapidamente una giocatrice di livello internazionale.

 Guidata inizialmente da David Parry, si è dedicata al rubber bridge prima di fare il suo ingresso nel bridge agonistico.

 Janet, che non ama giocare nelle competizioni femminili e che predilige il bridge open, ha già vinto i Campionati a Squadre Open Primaverili Nazionali del 2004, la prestigiosa Gold Cup nel 2005 e nel 2008 e la Crockford's Cup del 2007.

 In campo internazionale ha vinto due medaglie di bronzo consecutive ai Campionati Europei a Squadre Miste del 2007 e del 2009.

 Nel 2013, in virtù delle sue donazioni filantropiche ad Enti di Ricerca Medica e di salvaguardia Artistica, è stata nominata Dame commander of the Order of British Empire.

  Janet Frances de Botton (b. 1952) is a British bridge player, collector of contemporary art and a philanthropist.

Born Janet Wolfson, de Botton was also formerly known as Janet Green.

She is daughter of Lord Wolfson of Marylebone and the granddaughter of Isaac Wolfson of the Great Universal Stores family, and previously the wife of multi-billionaire Michael Green.

Her late husband, Swiss financier Gilbert de Botton, sold Global Asset Management for £234m in 1999. In June 2010, the Wolfson Foundation announced the appointment of de Botton as the new Chairman following a unanimous decision by the Trustees.

De Botton has been a Trustee of Tate and Chairman of the Council of Tate Modern.

She was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2006. In 2007, she appeared at number 22 (down from number 18, in 2006) in Sunday Times Rich List, with an estimated personal fortune of £285million.

Janet de Botton is also a prominent collector of modern art. In 1996, de Botton presented sixty works of art to Tate, including examples by Carl Andre, Richard Artschwager, Gilbert & George, Richard Long, Cindy Sherman, Roni Horn, Gary Hume, Nancy Spero, Andy Warhol and Bill Woodrow.

The interior of Janet de Botton's house in Provence "Pradelles" was designed by Nicky Haslam.

Only towards the end of last century, Janet learned the bridge and he is in love to the point quickly become a player of international level.

Driven initially by David Parry, was dedicated to rubber bridge before making his entrance into competitive bridge.

Janet, who do not loves the women's competition and who prefers the open Bridge, has already won the National Championships for Teams Open Spring of 2004, the prestigious Gold Cup in 2005 and 2008 and the Crockford's Cup in 2007.

In the international field has won two bronze medals at consecutive European Championships mixed team in 2007 and 2009.

Janet de Botton, who has been made a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire). The official citation says that Janet is an exceptional philanthropist, whose personal generosity has been complemented by her energetic chairing of the Wolfson Foundation. In the last two years alone,  the Foundation has announced grants of up to £20 million to support research into neurological diseases, with a further £10 million allocated to some 36 museums and galleries.

She has also served Tate as Chair of Tate  Modern Council, Chair of its International Council and trustee of the Tate Foundation.

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