Rothschild hungry for Byron

Lord Jacob Rothschild, scion of the famous banking family, has emerged as a surprise contender to buy upmarket burger chain Byron. Rothschild’s RIT Capital Partners, which is listed on the FTSE 250 index, is understood to have joined a clutch of bidders including YO! Sushi owner Quilvest and Searchlight Capital Partners, in the £100m race to take over the chain. Byron is part of a portfolio of restaurants, including Pizza Express and Zizzi, owned by Gondola Holdings.