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Alexander, George William (1802–1890), banker and philanthropist, was born on 25 April 1802 in Bunhill Row, London, the first of nine children, eight of whom survived to maturity, of William Alexander (1769–1819), bill broker, and his wife, Ann Alexander, née Barber (1774/5–1861), of ...

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Barrington, John (1764–1824), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 9 October 1764 in Dublin, the first of three children of John Barrington (1723–1784) and his second wife, Mary Anne (fl. 1763–1789), daughter of William Plummer of Enniscorthy, co. Wexford. He was brought up in the Quaker faith to which the ...

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

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Leopold Bernhard Bonn (1850–1929) by Lienhard & Salzborn Royal National Institute for the Deaf

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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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Thomas Christopher Calvert (1903–1984) by Barbara Drew Wensleydale

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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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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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Thomas Robinson Ferens (1847–1930) by Frank Dicksee, 1913 Hull Museums, Guildhall

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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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Flavelle, Sir Joseph Wesley, first baronet (1858–1939), businessman and philanthropist in Canada, was born on 15 February 1858 in Peterborough, Canada, the fifth and youngest child of John Flavelle (1823–1882), a clerk, and his wife, Dorothea Dundas (1823–1908), a teacher, who on their marriage in 1847 emigrated from ...

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Goodfellow, Sir William (1880–1974), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 26 May 1880 at Terarauhi, Alexandra, near Te Awamutu in the district of Waikato, New Zealand, the eldest of the six children of Thomas Goodfellow (1854–1938) and his wife, Jane Grace (1856–1950), the daughter of ...

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Gurney, Samuel (1786–1856), banker and philanthropist, was born at Earlham Hall, near Norwich, on 18 October 1786, the second son of John Gurney (1749–1809), Quaker banker, of Norwich, and his wife, Catherine (1754–1792), daughter of John Bell, merchant, of London. He was the brother of ...

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Gurney, Samuel (1816–1882), philanthropist and banker, was born on 3 February 1816, at Upton, Essex, the second of three sons of Samuel Gurney (1786–1856), Quaker philanthropist and discount banker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Sheppard (d. 1855). He had six sisters.

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Henry Hoare (1677–1725) by Michael Dahl Stourhead, The Hoare Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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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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Hodge, Sir Julian Stephen Alfred (1904–2004), merchant banker, businessman, and philanthropist, was born on 15 October 1904 at 12 Vicarage Road, Camberwell, London, the son of Alfred Hodge, a journeyman plumber and gas fitter, and his wife, Jane Emily, née Simcock (d...

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Johnson, Robert Alan [Bob] (1940–2001), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 24 September 1940 at St Giles's Hospital, Camberwell, London, the youngest child and only son of Herbert Harcourt (Bert) Johnson, a clerk at a meat depot, and his wife, Lily, née Good...

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Laing, Hector, Baron Laing of Dunphail (1923–2010), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 12 May 1923 at 20 Braid Avenue, Edinburgh, the son of Hector Laing, businessman, and his wife, Margaret Norris, née Grant. He was born into a wealthy family, the fortunes of which came from the success of his maternal grandfather, ...