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Antonin Besse (1877–1951) by unknown photographer courtesy of St Antony's College, Oxford

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Besse, Antonin (1877–1951), entrepreneur and benefactor, was born on 26 June 1877 at Carcassonne in southern France, the third son and fourth child in the family of four boys and three girls of Pierre Besse, leather merchant, and his wife, Marie Bonnafous. In failing health ...

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Fisk, Sir Ernest Thomas (1886–1965), entrepreneur and developer of radio, was born on 8 August 1886 at Sunbury, Middlesex, the second child of Thomas Harvey Fisk, builder, and his wife, Charlotte Hariette, née Halland. Educated at St Mary's and Sunbury Boys' schools, Fisk...

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Mitchell, Sir Godfrey Way (1891–1982), construction engineer and entrepreneur, was born at 54 Scylla Road, Peckham, London, on 31 October 1891, the younger son (there were no daughters) of Christopher Mitchell, stonemason and quarry owner, and his wife, Margaret, née Way, of Weymouth, Dorset...

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Reilly, Paul, Baron Reilly (1912–1990), designer and design entrepreneur, was born on 29 May 1912 at Dingle Bank, Toxteth, Liverpool, the third child and elder son of the family of four children, of whom only one son and one daughter survived childhood, of ...

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Tata, Jamshed Nasarwanji [Jamsetji] (1839–1904), entrepreneur and industrialist in India, born on 3 March 1839 at Navsari, in Gujarat, was the only son of five children of Nasarwanji Ratanji Tata, a Parsi of priestly family, and his wife (and cousin), Jiverbai Cowasjee Tata...

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Jamshed Nasarwanji Tata (1839–1904) by unknown photographer, 1885 © Tata Central Archives