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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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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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Bonn, Leopold Bernhard (1850–1929), banker and philanthropist, was born on 3 August 1850 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the ninth child of Baruch Bonn, a prominent Jewish banker. He was privately educated. After the annexation of Frankfurt by Prussia in 1866, Bonn applied for denaturalization and moved to ...

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Calvert, Thomas Christopher [Kit] (1903–1984), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 26 April 1903 at Burtersett, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, the oldest of the three sons of John Edward Calvert (1877–1946), quarryman, and his wife, Rose, née Fothergill (1878–1966). Both his parents were natives of the ...

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Ferens, Thomas Robinson (1847–1930), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 4 May 1847 at East Thickley, near Bishop Auckland, the third of the seven children of George Waller Ferens (1817–1893), flour miller, of New Shildon, co. Durham, and his wife, Anne, née Jackson...

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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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Hoare, Henry (1677–1725), banker and philanthropist, familiarly known as Good Henry by reason of his philanthropy, was born on 21 July 1677 in the parish of St Vedast-alias-Foster in the City of London, and baptized there. He was the second surviving son of ...

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Jeejeebhoy, Sir Jamsetjee, first baronet (1783–1859), businessman and philanthropist, was born at Bombay on 15 July 1783. He was the son of Merwanjee Maneckjee Jeejeebhoy (d. 1799) and Jeeveebai Cowassi (d. 1799), weavers, of Nowsaree, a small town in the princely state of ...

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Lewis, Samuel (1838–1901), moneylender and philanthropist, was born on 14 May 1838 at 1 Lower Hurst Street, Birmingham, the elder of the two children of Frederick Lewis (b. c.1801), a dealer, and his wife, Sarah (c.1805–1872). They lived in impoverished slum conditions, and in 1841 his father was imprisoned for debt. On this, and on many other occasions, the family were rescued by benefits provided by the ...

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Lyons, (Isidore) Jack (1916–2008), businessman, philanthropist, and convicted fraudster, was born in Leeds on 1 February 1916, the fifth of six children of Samuel Henry Lyons (1883/4–1959), businessman, and his wife, Sophie, née Niman (1885–1971). His immediate elder brother, Bernard Lyons (1913–2008...

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Montagu, Samuel, first Baron Swaythling (1832–1911), merchant banker and philanthropist, was born Montagu Samuel in Liverpool on 21 December 1832, the second son and youngest child of Louis Samuel (1794–1859), watchmaker and silversmith of Liverpool, and his wife, Henrietta, daughter of Israel Israel...

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Moores, Sir John (1896–1993), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 25 January 1896 at the Church Inn, Eccles, Lancashire, the first son and second among the eight children of John William Moores (1871–1919) and his wife, Louisa, née Fethney (1873–1959), a millworker. On the birth certificate his father's occupation is registered as '...

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Morley, Samuel (1809–1886), businessman, politician, and philanthropist, born in Well Street, Hackney, on 15 October 1809, was the youngest child of John Morley of Sneinton, Nottingham, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Richard Poulton of Maidenhead. The Morley family manufactured hosiery in Nottingham...

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Noon, Gulam Kaderbhoy, Baron Noon (1936–2015), entrepreneur and philanthropist, was born in Bombay, India, on 24 January 1936, the third child of Kadherbhoy Ebrahimjee (d. c. 1943), sweet maker, and his wife, Bilkis Safiabi Kaderbhai Mithaiwalla, née Shirazi, an Iranian. He adopted the nickname ...

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Peabody, George (1795–1869), merchant banker and philanthropist, was born on 18 February 1795 in South Danvers (later Peabody), Massachusetts, USA, the third child in a family of four sons and four daughters.

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Thompson, Thomas (bap. 1754, d. 1828), banker and philanthropist, was baptized on 9 April 1754 at Swine, Holderness, East Riding of Yorkshire, the second child to survive infancy of Francis Thompson, farmer at Catwick, and his wife, Ann, née Torrington (1725–1777). One elder brother and two younger sisters survived to adulthood. He was educated by the ...

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Wolfson, Sir Isaac, first baronet (1897–1991), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 1 October 1897 at 12 Kidston Street, Glasgow, the second of three sons and one of nine children of Solomon Wolfson (1868–1941), a poor Orthodox Jewish immigrant from Russian Poland, who worked in ...