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

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Clore, Sir Charles (1904–1979), businessman, was born on 24 December 1904 in Mile End, London, penultimate child of five sons and two daughters of Israel Clore, a Russian immigrant, and his wife, Yetta Abrahams. After a local education, Clore worked in his father's textile business before leaving for ...

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Sir Bernard Nathaniel Waley- Cohen, first baronet (1914–1991) by Miles & Kaye, 1961 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cohen, Sir Bernard Nathaniel Waley-, first baronet (1914–1991), public servant and businessman, was born on 29 May 1914 in London, the first son (and twin brother of Hetty) of the three children of Sir Robert Waley Cohen (1877–1952), businessman and government adviser, and his wife, ...

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Davis, Sir Edmund Gabriel (1861–1939), mining financier and art collector, was born on 3 August 1861 at Tintern, Gardiner's Creek Road, Toorak, Melbourne, Australia, the second of the four children of Samuel Davis, merchant, and his wife, Josephine, daughter of Jacob Bensusan. He had two brothers and one sister. At the age of eight ...

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Hardoon, Silas Aaron (1851–1931), merchant and property owner, was born in Baghdad, one of the six children of Aaron Hardoon. He moved with his family to Bombay about 1856. His family was poor and he received only an elementary education, possibly supported by the local ...

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Sir Maxwell Joseph (1910–1982) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Joseph, Sir Maxwell [formerly Max] (1910–1982), hotelier and property dealer, was born Max Joseph on 31 May 1910, at 21 Whitechapel Road, London, the second of the three sons of Jack Joseph, a journeyman tailor and property dealer, and his wife, Sarah Orler...

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Littman, Joseph Aaron (1898–1953), property investor, was born in Russia into a peasant family. Poverty deprived him of an education and in later life he could still hardly sign his name. However, as Edward Erdman later recalled, 'he knew how to deal with people' (...

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Margulies, Alexander (1902–1991), businessman and patron of the arts, was born in Skalat, Galicia, on 1 July 1902, the son of Marcus Mordecai Margulies (1862–1921) and his wife, Fanny, née Feige (1865–1943). The Margulies were descendants of Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margulies (1760–1828), who was celebrated for his scholarship and wealth. When the First World War broke out the family took up residence in ...

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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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Samuel Montagu, first Baron Swaythling (1832–1911) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1898 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Moses Haim Montefiore (1784–1885) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Montefiore, Sir Moses Haim (1784–1885), financier and Jewish community leader, the eldest son of Joseph Elias Montefiore, a London businessman, and Rachel, the daughter of Abraham Lumbroso de Mattos Mocatta, was born in Leghorn, Italy (during a visit there by his parents), on 24 October 1784. On his father's side ...

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Rothschild, Anthony Gustav de (1887–1961), merchant banker, was born on 26 June 1887, at 5 Hamilton Place, London, the third child of Leopold de Rothschild (1845–1917), merchant banker, and his wife, Marie (1862–1937), the daughter of Achille Perugia of Trieste. He was head of school at ...

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See Rothschild, Nathan Mayer

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Rothschild, Lionel Nathan de, Baron de Rothschild in the nobility of the Austrian empire (1808–1879), banker, was born on 22 November 1808, at 12 Great St Helen's, London, the second child and the first son in a family of four sons and three daughters of ...

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Lionel Nathan de Rothschild, Baron de Rothschild in the nobility of the Austrian empire (1808–1879) by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, 1835 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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See Rothschild, Nathan Mayer

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Rothschild, Nathan Mayer (1777–1836), merchant and financier, was born on 16 September 1777 at Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He was the son of Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744–1812), coin dealer and money lender, and his wife Gutle (1753–1849), daughter of Wolf Schnapper, a wealthy ...