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Sir Otto John Beit, first baronet (1865–1930) by H. Walter Barnett © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Chetham, Humphrey (bap. 1580, d. 1653), financier and philanthropist, the sixth child of Henry Chetham (c.1540–1603) of Crumpsall Hall, near Manchester, and his wife, Jane (c.1542–1616), the daughter of Robert Wroe of Heaton, was born at Crumpsall Hall, and baptized at ...

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Samuel Lewis (1838–1901) by unknown artist reproduced by permission of Southern Housing Group Limited

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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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Stephen, George, Baron Mount Stephen (1829–1921), financier and philanthropist, was born at Dufftown, Banffshire, on 5 June 1829. He was the oldest of the eight children born to William Stephen, a carpenter, and his wife, Elspet, daughter of John Smith, of Knockando. Stephen...

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Templeton, Sir John Marks (1912–2008), investment adviser and philanthropist, was born on 29 November 1912 in Winchester, Tennessee, USA, one of two sons of Harvey Maxwell Templeton, a lawyer who also dealt in property, and his wife, Vella, née Handly. Inheriting his parents' active presbyterianism, ...