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Bagrit, Sir Leon (1902–1979), industrialist, was born on 13 March 1902 in Kiev, Ukraine, the younger son and second of three children of Manuel Bagrit, jewellery designer and jeweller, and his wife, Rachel Yousopovich. The family left Russia when he was a small child and arrived in ...

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Dreyfus, Henry [Henri] (1882–1944), industrialist, was born in January 1882 into a Jewish family in Switzerland; he was the son of Abraham Dreyfus. Trained as a chemist, he held a doctorate of the University of Basel. In 1912, in conjunction with his elder brother, ...

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Isaacs, Godfrey Charles (1866–1925), industrialist, was born in 1866, the fourth son and seventh of nine children of Joseph Michael Isaacs (1832–1908), a London fruit and ship broker, and his wife, Sarah (1835–1922), daughter of Daniel Davis. Godfrey Isaacs was of a Jewish family which had overcome considerable prejudice to make its mark in public life. His uncle, ...

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Kaye, Sir Emmanuel (1914–1999), industrialist, was born on 29 November 1914 in Russia, the eldest child in the family of two sons and one daughter of Zelman or Zalman Kagarlisky or Kagarlitzky (1877/8–1926), a wheat merchant, and his wife, Chassia Annie (1885/6–1943), a botanist who had trained at ...

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Mond family (per. 1867–1973), chemical manufacturers and industrialists, came to prominence with the life and career of Ludwig Mond, chemical technologist, manufacturer, and collector of works of art. He was the first of a notable dynasty of science-based businessmen, some of whom are better known under the name of ...

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Nathan, Alec (1872–1954), industrialist, was born on 24 September 1872 in Wellington, New Zealand, the seventh of eight sons (there were four daughters) of Joseph Edward Nathan (1835–1912) and his wife, Dinah Marks (1838–1893). The family was Jewish. Nathan was educated at Wellington College...

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Sobell, Sir Michael (1892–1993), industrialist and benefactor, was born on 1 November 1892 at Boryslau, Galicia, the only son of Lewis Sobel and his wife, Esther. His family owned factories in the Austro-Hungarian empire and oil interests at Limburg in Germany, but his parents moved to ...

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Sterling, Sir Louis Saul (1879–1958), gramophone company manager and industrialist, was born into a Jewish family on 31 May 1879 in New York's Lower East Side, the son of Morris Isaac Sterling, an accountant. Little is known of his childhood beyond his own frequently repeated story of selling newspapers on the streets of ...