- Elisabeth Rivers-Bulkeley
Elisabeth Charlotte Marie Rivers-Bulkeley (
30 April 1924- 19 December 2006) was a stock broker. Born in Austria, she lived most of her life in the United Kingdom. She was one of the first ten women to become a member of the London Stock Exchange, on 26 March 1973. She also wrote and broadcast on financial and investment matters for women.
After she was diagnosed with a terminal illness, she attended the
Dignitas clinicin Switzerland, which assisted her to commit suicide.
She was born Elisabeth (Liesl) Charlotte Marie Neustadtl in
Vienna. Her father was a car manufacturer with anti- Naziviews. He disappeared in around 1942, and could not be located after the end of the Second World War. Her mother survived the war.
She was educated at
St George's Schoolin Clarens, Switzerland. She won the Austrian women's ice skatingchampionships three times, and later enjoyed skiingand swimming. Aged 14, she visited England in 1938 with the intention of returning to school in Switzerland, but remained in England after Germany invaded Austria. She joined the school at its new base at Onslow Hallin Shropshire. She was classed as an enemy alienin 1940. She became a driver in the ATS after leaving school in 1942.
She married Lieutenant Commander
John Langford-Holtin 1943. She assisted with his successful campaign to be elected as Conservative MP for Shrewsbury in the 1945 general election. She was presented at court in 1947. The couple were divorced in 1951.
She remarried, to Major
Robert Rivers-Bulkeley, shortly after he retired from the Scots Guards. They farmed pigs in the Scottish Bordersfor five years before selling up in 1956. The couple moved to London, where her husband became an underwriterat Lloyd's of London.
Rivers-Bulkeley joined the
stock exchangefirm of Hedderwick, Borthwick & Coin October 1957. She became a successful broker, and also wrote columns of investment and financial management for women for " The Daily Telegraph", undertook lecture tours, and appeared " Woman's Hour" on BBC Radio 4and " The Money Programme" on BBC television. The couple kept a house on the French Riviera, at Tourrettes-sur-Loup. She was a founder member of Annabel's nightclubin 1962.
After spending some time on
Wall Streetwith W. E. Hutton & Co, she was elected as a registered representative of the New York Stock Exchangein 1969. After several unsuccessful applications, she was one of the first ten women to be elected as a member of the London Stock Exchangeon 26 March 1973. By that time, she was a partner with brokers Capel-Cure, Garden & Co. Previously, the London Stock Exchange had turned down applications by women, on account of its lack of "facilities" for women members. The exchange also objected to Rivers-Bulkeley's foreign roots, and the risky nature of her husband's occupation. The policy was changed after the London Stock Exchange merged with the Birmingham Stock Exchangeand several other regional British stock exchanges, some of which already had female members.
In retirement, she moved to Scotland with her husband, living in the grounds of
Gosford House, near Aberladyin East Lothian.
Diagnosed with a terminal illness, she chose to attend the
Dignitas clinicin Switzerland, which assisted her to commit suicideby drinking a lethal mixture of barbiturates. She had no children, and was survived by her husband.
title=Obituary: Elisabeth Rivers-Bulkeley |accessdate=2007-01-16
The Daily Telegraph
16 January 2007
title=Party girl whose persistence opened the LSE to women
author=Cameron, Sue and Wendy Stephenson
The Financial Times
4 January 2007
* [http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.1177204.0.0.php Death on her own terms] , "
The Herald", 8 February 2007
* [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article1368854.ece Obituary] , "
The Times", 12 February 2007
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