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Angerstein, John Julius (c. 1732–1823), insurance broker and connoisseur of art, was of Russian extraction, though his precise origins are obscure. According to family tradition he took his surname from the German doctor who delivered him, and his parents were the Empress Anne...

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John Julius Angerstein (c. 1732–1823) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1790–95 © The National Gallery, London

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Beit, Sir Otto John, first baronet (1865–1930), financier, philanthropist, and art connoisseur, was born on 7 December 1865 in Hamburg, Germany, twelve years after his brother Alfred Beit. He was the third son of Siegfried Beit (1818–1881), silk merchant, and his wife, Laura Caroline Hahn (...

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Sir Otto John Beit, first baronet (1865–1930) by H. Walter Barnett © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dangoor, Sir Naim Eliahou (1914–2015), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 17 April 1914 in Baghdad, then part of the Ottoman Empire, the second in the family of six children of Eliahou Dangoor (1883–1976), printer and publisher, and his wife, Khatoun, ...

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Franks, Naphtali (1715–1796), merchant, was born in New York on 1 July 1715, the son of Jacob Franks (1688–1768), merchant, and his wife, (Bilhah) Abigaill, née Levy (1696–1756). His father was a son of Sara Phila Bloch (1662–1695) and the founder of the ...

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Harari, Ralph Andrew (1893–1969), merchant banker and art scholar and collector, was born on 28 October 1893 in Cairo, the third child and elder son of Sir Victor Harari Pasha, civil servant, financier, and leading member of Egypt's Anglo-Jewish community, and his wife, ...

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Pugh, Derek Salman (1930–2015), organizational psychologist and management scholar, was born on 31 August 1930 at 102 Gladesmore Road, Tottenham, London, the son of Max Pugh (1887–1963), fruiterer’s book-keeper, later synagogue collector, and his wife, Fay, née Goldstein (1897–1985). His parents placed a high value on education. Between ...

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Singh, Ajit (1940–2015), economist, was born on 11 September 1940 in Lahore, in pre-partition India, the son of Gurbachan Singh, judge, and his wife Pushpa Bawa. His early education was at Punjab University, Chandigarh, where he studied Sanskrit, mathematics, and economics. In 1959...