Sir Victor is married with three adult children. He was brought up by his father after the unfortunate death of his mother from ovarian cancer when Blank was just 12 years old. Growing up in Stockport, Sir Victor attended Stockport Grammar School and then went on to study Modern History at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.
Despite spreading his talents across a variety of business and individual projects, one of Sir Victor’s great passions in life is cricket. Sir Victor, with Sir David Frost and Mark Nicholas, holds an all-star cricket match at his home near Oxford to raise money for the women’s charity, Wellbeing of Women, of which he has been the Chairman for many years. The 25th annual match has just been held and approaching £6m has been raised from this cricket match. The game is supported by some of the leading figures of the last generation in the cricket world, including Sir Viv Richards, Brian Lara, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Sunil Gavaskar, Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thompson and many others.
Sir Victor is heavily involved in a number of charities. As well as chairing Wellbeing of Women, he chairs the Social Mobility Foundation, the Union of Jewish Students and the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe. In a wider context, he is a Senior Advisor to TPG (one of the largest private equity funds) and advises a range of other institutions including the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing, the Said Business School in Oxford, GLF Foundation (F W de Klerk’s Leadership Foundation), the British Olympic Association and many others. He has written about and promoted philanthropic activity, not least as an Ambassador of the “Give More” campaign.
From time to time, Sir Victor will be seen paving the way for the eco friendly motorcar by driving his tiny G-Wiz electric car around London.