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Berthoud, Sir Eric Alfred (1900–1989), oil industrialist and diplomatist, was born on 10 December 1900 in Kensington, London, the second son and third child in a family of four sons and two daughters of Alfred Edward Berthoud, of the private merchant bank Coulon, Berthoud & Co....

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Bridgeman, Sir Maurice Richard (1904–1980), oil industrialist, was born at 13 Mansfield Street, Marylebone, London, on 26 January 1904, the third son of William Clive Bridgeman (1864–1935), a Conservative politician who was created Viscount Bridgeman in 1929, and his wife, Caroline Beatrix Bridgeman (1873–1961)...

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Cohen, Sir Robert Waley (1877–1952), oil industrialist, was born in London on 8 September 1877, the second son of Nathaniel Louis Cohen, a leading figure in the City, and his wife, Julia Matilda Cohen (1853–1917), daughter of Jacob Waley (1818–1873). A sister of ...

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Godber, Frederick, Baron Godber (1888–1976), petroleum executive, was born in London on 6 November 1888, the third son and youngest of the five children of Edward Godber, carpenter, of Camberwell, and his wife, Marion Louise Peach. He attended the local school and left at the age of fifteen, when he joined the ...

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Greenway, Charles, first Baron Greenway (1857–1934), oil industrialist and merchant, was born in Taunton on 13 June 1857, the only son of the three children of John David Greenway, a draper, and his wife, Lucy Emily Wiffen, of Essex. He was educated at ...

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Gulbenkian, Calouste Sarkis (1869–1955), oil industrialist and benefactor, was born in Scutari, adjacent to Constantinople, in Turkey, on 23 March 1869, one of three sons of Sarkis Gulbenkian (d. 1894), a trader in kerosene and a provincial banker. Although he respected his family, ...

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Samuel, Marcus, first Viscount Bearsted (1853–1927), petroleum entrepreneur, was born in Whitechapel, east London, on 5 November 1853, the second son of Marcus Samuel, a merchant, and his wife, Abigail, daughter of Abraham Moss, both of London Jewish families. He was educated privately, and began his commercial career as the owner of a small business in ...

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Thatcher, Sir Denis, first baronet (1915–2003), businessman and prime ministerial consort, was born on 10 May 1915 at 26 Southbrook Road, Lee, Lewisham, London, the elder child of Thomas Herbert (Jack) Thatcher, businessman, and his wife, (Lilian) Kathleen, née Bird. From the age of eight he boarded at a preparatory school in ...

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Wallace, (Charles) William [Bill] (1855–1916), oil industrialist, was born in Calcutta on 21 November 1855, the elder son of Alexander Wallace, an East India merchant, and his wife, Helen, née Davidson. He was educated at Framlingham College, Suffolk (c.1866–1874), and in 1874 joined a ...