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Sir Lawrence Arthur Barratt (1927–2012) by Mike Owen, c.1985 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barratt, Sir Lawrence Arthur [Lawrie] (1927–2012), house builder, was born on 14 November 1927 at Eskville, Warrington Road, Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne, the son of William Arthur Barratt (1893–1971), an electrical engineer on the municipal trams, and his wife, Florence Mary, née Jagger (1900–1987)...

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Batchelor, John (1820–1883), politician and businessman, was born on 10 April in Newport, Monmouthshire, the second son among the twelve children of Benjamin Batchelor, a timber merchant and shipbuilder. He was educated locally in a private school before being apprenticed to his father. He subsequently visited shipyards in ...

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Batley, Lawrence (1911–2002), businessman, was born on 15 February 1911 at 37 Bland Street, Lockwood, Huddersfield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the elder son of John Arthur Batley, iron moulder, and his wife, Beatrice, née Fawley, weaver. Although he passed the entrance examination for ...

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Beckett, Sir Terence Norman (1923–2013), industrialist and business leader, was born on 13 December 1923 at 41 Tasker Street, Walsall, the son of Horace Norman Beckett (1901–1979), a junior civil servant, and his wife, Clarice Lillie, otherwise Clarice Lillian, née Allsopp (1892–1967), both from ...

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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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Bolton, John Eveleigh (1920–2003), industrialist and promoter of management education, was born on 17 October 1920 at 108 Dartmouth Street, West Bromwich, the second of three children of Ernest Bolton (1883–1933), a railway district goods manager's clerk, later a railway manager, and his wife, ...

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Cadbury, Peter Egbert (1918–2006), aviator and businessman, was born on 6 February 1918 at 6 Kimberley Terrace, Great Yarmouth, the elder son of Sir Egbert Cadbury (1893–1967), then a flight commander in the Royal Naval Air Service, and his wife, Mary Forbes, née...

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Curry, Dennis (1912–2001), businessman and geologist, was born on 18 May 1912 at 27 Lorne Road, Leicester, the oldest child in the family of three sons and three daughters of Albert Curry (1886–1950), cycle manufacturer, and his wife, Edith Ada, née Baxter. He was educated at ...

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Durham, Sir Kenneth (1924–2005), businessman, was born on 28 July 1924 at 104 Stanley Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, the son of George Durham, house painter, and his wife, Bertha, née Aspin. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Blackburn, and briefly read physics at ...

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Durie, Sir Alexander Charles [Alec] (1915–2001), businessman and public servant, was born on 15 July 1915 at The Green, Watchet, Somerset, the elder son of Charles Durie, highway engineer and county surveyor, and his wife, Margaret Mary, née Gardner. He was educated at ...

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

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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 (Matthew) Alistair Grant (1937–2001) by Tim Rooke, 1994 Tim Rooke / Rex Features

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Grant, Sir (Matthew) Alistair (1937–2001), businessman, was born on 6 March 1937 at Haddington, East Lothian, the eldest child of John Grant, a physiotherapist and Royal Air Force physical training instructor, and his wife, Jessie. He had two brothers and three sisters. He was educated at ...

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Griffiths, Sir (Ernest) Roy (1926–1994), businessman and government adviser, was born on 8 July 1926 in Staffordshire, the son of Ernest Griffiths, miner, and his wife, Florence, a teacher. Both his grandfathers were miners. He attended Wolstanton grammar school and won a scholarship to ...

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Paul Bertrand Wolfgang Hamlyn, Baron Hamlyn (1926–2001) by Lewis Morley, 1960s © Lewis Morley, courtesy of The Akehurst Bureau; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hamlyn [formerly Hamburger], Paul Bertrand Wolfgang, Baron Hamlyn (1926–2001), publisher, businessman, and philanthropist, was born Paul Bertrand Wolfgang Hamburger on 12 February 1926 in Berlin, the second son and youngest of the four children of Professor Richard Hamburger (1884–1940), a distinguished Jewish paediatrician, and his wife, ...

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Harrison, Sir Ernest Thomas [Ernie] (1926–2009), businessman, was born on 11 May 1926 at the Salvation Army's Mothers' Hospital in Homerton, east London, the son of Ernest Horace Harrison, who then worked in London docks as a checker (his later jobs included cinema commissioner and security guard), and his wife, ...

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Hudson, Thomas Charles [Tom] (1915–2009), computer industry executive, was born on 23 January 1915 at 26 Durham Road, Chislehurst, Kent, the youngest of three sons of Thomas Charles Bingant Hudson, farmer, and his wife, Elsie Elizabeth, née Harris. Hudson's father earned his living as the manager of fruit farms owned by his much older brother, whose death deprived him of his occupation. As a result the family emigrated to ...