It is with great sadness that The Linbury Trust announces the death of Lord John Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG who died peacefully at home on 14 January 2022, after a long illness.
In parallel with his leadership of Sainsbury’s plc, Lord Sainsbury was one of the country’s great philanthropists. He believed passionately in the importance of giving something back and in the role that philanthropy plays in society. With his wife, Lady Anya Sainsbury CBE, formerly Anya Linden, ballerina of the Royal Ballet, they started The Linbury Trust in the early 1970s. Since its inception Linbury has awarded millions to charitable organisations across the world, supporting causes across a wide spectrum from arts, heritage and culture to education access for young people, homelessness, helping older people live independent lives and overseas humanitarian aid.
Lord Sainsbury will be remembered as a champion of the arts and his generosity has helped secure the legacy of many of the UK’s internationally known cultural venues. These include the Ashmolean Museum, the British Museum, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Museum of London and the highly acclaimed Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House. One of his greatest contributions to culture was in the late 1980s, when together with his brothers, Simon and Timothy, they funded the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, home to a world-class art collection. Lord Sainsbury was also a key figure in establishing the much-loved Sainsbury Archive.
The Trust asks that the family’s privacy is respected at this difficult time.