Anthony Jacobs, Baron Jacobs

Anthony Jacobs, Baron Jacobs

David Anthony Jacobs, Baron Jacobs, known as Anthony Jacobs (born 13 November 1931) is a British businessman and an Independent politician. He left the Liberal Democrats in 2011.

The son of Ridley and Ella Jacobs was educated at Clifton College, Bristol and the University of London.

Jacobs was Chairman of Nig Securities Group from 1957 to 1972, of Tricoville Group from 1961 to 1990 and 1992 to 1994, and of British School of Motoring from 1973 to 1990. Since 1972, he is member of the Liberal Party, contesting Watford in both general elections in 1974. In 1984, Jacobs became his Party's Joint Treasurer, a post he stepped down from three years later.

Jacobs was knighted in 1988 and on 18 October 1997, he was created a life peer as Baron Jacobs, of Belgravia in the City of Westminster. He took the Liberal Democrat whip until January 2011 when he resigned from the party, citing opposition to its policies on taxation.[1]

At the time of his peerage he also received also an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Haifa. Jacobs has been married to Evelyn Felicity Patchett since 1954; they have one son and one daughter. Lord Jacobs was estimated to be worth £128 million in the Sunday Times Rich List of 2008, ranking at 614th in driving schools and fast food.


  1. ^ "Lib Dems' taxes will hurt trade" (letter), Sunday Times, 6 February 2011, p. 24.