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 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 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.
Towards the end of last century, Janet learned bridge and became a player who participated international level.
Driven initially by David Parry, she was dedicated to rubber bridge before making her entrance into competitive bridge.
Janet, who does not love women's competition and who prefers open Bridge, has won the Spring Fours, the prestigious Gold Cup and the Crockford's Cup.
In the international field she has won two bronze medals at consecutive European Open Championships in the 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.
- Read Janet's interview
- August 2007
Gold Cup winner: 2005 and 2008
Crockfords winner: 2007 and 2010
Spring Foursomes winner: 2004 and 2013
Easter Congress Guardian Trophy winner: 2015
National Teams Congress winner: 2003 2008 2009 and 2014(swiss)
The Hubert Phillips Bowl Winner: 2007