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Bendhem, Thomas [Tom] (1928–2002), businessman and art patron, was born on 13 September 1928 in Berlin, the third child and second son of Heinrich (later Henry) Bendhem (1892–1965), owner of coal and wine businesses, and his wife, Elise Charlotte, née Frank (1898–1987). At the age of five, ...

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See Birk [née Wilson], Alma Lillian, Baroness Birk

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Gilbert, Sir Arthur (1913–2001), businessman and art collector, was born Abraham Bernstein at 6 St Mark's Terrace, Dalston, London, on 16 May 1913, the eighth child of Lazarus Bernstein and his wife, Bela (Betsy), née Feldman, Polish Jewish immigrants who had settled in ...

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Sir Arthur Gilbert (1913–2001) by unknown photographer Gilbert Collection, Somerset House

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Albert Grant, Baron Grant in the Italian nobility (1831–1899) by London Stereoscopic Co. © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Grant, Albert [formerly Abraham Gottheimer], Baron Grant in the Italian nobility (1831–1899), company promoter, was born in Dublin on 18 November 1831, the son of Bernard Gottheimer, a poor Jewish pedlar from central Europe and later a partner in a business in ...

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Hatry, Clarence Charles (1888–1965), company promoter, was born on 16 December 1888 at 48 Belsize Park, London, the eldest of four sons of Julius Hatry (1856/7–1907), silk merchant, and his wife, Henriette Ellen Katzenstein (1861/2–1943). In childhood he felt lonely, browbeaten, and disheartened by a severe father and a mother whom he thought snobbish and neglectful; he was a dreamy, inward, and dissatisfied child. After attending ...

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Kreitman, Hyman (1914–2001), businessman, was born on 3 June 1914 at 38 Cambridge Road, Mile End, London, the youngest in the family of five sons and five daughters of Abraham Kreitman, a manufacturer of ladies' shoes, and his wife, Miriam, née Rohshepper. After leaving ...

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Lampl, Sir Frank William (1926–2011), construction industry executive, was born near Brno, Czechoslovakia, on 6 April 1926, the son of Otto Lampl (d. 1934), a cultured Jewish landowner with a doctorate in law, and his wife, Olga, née Jellinek (d. 1944)...

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Sir Leslie Porter (1920–2005) by Robin Laurance, 1978 © Robin Laurance / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Porter, Sir Leslie (1920–2005), businessman, was born Leslie Posament on 10 July 1920 at Streatham Manor, Leigham Avenue, Streatham, London, the youngest child in the family of two sons and one daughter of Henry Alfred Posament, later Porter (d. 1955), textile merchant, and his wife, ...

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Raitz, Vladimir Gavrilovich (1922–2010), holiday entrepreneur, was born on 23 May 1922 in Moscow, the son of Gavril Raitz, a medical doctor, and his wife, Cecilia, a dentist. Both parents were Russian Jews. In 1928 his parents separated and he left the Soviet Union...

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Max Rayne, Baron Rayne (1918–2003) by Graham Sutherland, 1968–9 © Darwin College, Cambridge

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Rayne, Max, Baron Rayne (1918–2003), property developer and philanthropist, was born Max Rubenstein on 8 February 1918, at 102 City Road, St Lukes, Holborn, London, the son of Phillip Rubenstein (1894–1979), who later took the surname of Rayne, a mantle manufacturer in Half Moon Passage, Aldgate...

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(Esther) Janet Reger (1935–2005) by John Stillwell, 1990 PA Archive / PA Photos

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Reger [née Phillips], (Esther) Janet (1935–2005), lingerie designer, was born in Jubilee Street, London, on 30 September 1935, the eldest daughter of Hyman Phillips, textile manufacturer, and his wife, Ray, née Levine. Both her parents were the children of Jewish immigrants; her paternal grandfather, ...

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Weinstock, Arnold, Baron Weinstock (1924–2002), industrialist, was born at 50 Belgrade Road, Stoke Newington, London, on 29 July 1924, the son of Simon Weinstock (b. 1873/4), and his wife, Golda, née Schag (b. 1877/8). His Jewish parents had emigrated from Poland...

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Arnold Weinstock, Baron Weinstock (1924–2002) by Sue Adler, 1989 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wolfson, Sir Brian Gordon (1935–2007), businessman, was born on 2 August 1935 at Braemar, Sandown Park, Liverpool, the son of Gabriel Wolfson (1906–1951), master builder and businessman, and his wife, Eve, née Carr. Educated at Liverpool College, he left at the age of sixteen to read law at ...