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Allcroft, John Derby (1822–1893), glove manufacturer and entrepreneur, was born in Worcester on 19 July 1822, only son and elder child of Jeremiah Macklin Allcroft (1791–1867), who was a partner in the glove manufacturing firm of J. and W. Dent & Co. His mother, ...

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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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Bulmer, (George Henry) Bertram (1902–1993), cider manufacturer and business entrepreneur, was born on 30 August 1902 at Fair Oaks Cottage, Kings Acre Road, Hereford, the eldest of the three sons of Edward Frederick Bulmer (1865–1941) [see under Bulmer, Henry Percival] and his wife, ...

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Farquhar, John (1751–1826), merchant and entrepreneur, the son of John Farquhar, was born at Bilbo, in the parish of Crimond, Aberdeenshire. Born of humble parents, at the age of fifteen he was awarded a bursary to attend the Marischal College of Aberdeen. After four years of study, he was entitled to the award of MA, and he soon moved on to ...

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Gorman (née Moore), Teresa Ellen (1931–2015), entrepreneur and politician, was born on 20 September 1931 at 85 Feltham Road, Putney, London, the daughter of Albert Moore, a labourer who later became a self-employed demolition contractor, and his wife, Nellie Teresa, née...

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Hay, George, first earl of Kinnoull (bap. 1570, d. 1634), politician and entrepreneur, was baptized on 4 December 1570, probably at Megginch, Perthshire, the second son of Peter Hay (d. 1596), laird of Megginch and bailie to his distant kin the earls of Erroll...

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Marks, Simon, first Baron Marks (1888–1964), retailer and business innovator, was born in Trafalgar Street, Leylands, Leeds, on 9 July 1888, the only son and eldest of the five children of Michael Marks (1859–1907) and his wife, Hannah Cohen. His father came to ...

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McIlwraith, Sir Thomas (1835–1900), entrepreneur and politician in Australia, the son of John McIlwraith, a plumber, and his wife, Janet Hamilton, the daughter of John Howat, was born at Ayr, Scotland, on 17 May 1835, and educated at Watson's school and the Wallacetown Academy...

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McLaren, Malcolm Robert Andrew (1946–2010), music and fashion industry entrepreneur, was born at 47 Carysfort Road, Stoke Newington, London, on 22 January 1946, the younger son of Peter James Philip McLaren (1919–1999), a mechanic of Scottish descent who had served as a sapper in the ...

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Mort, Thomas Sutcliffe (1816–1878), entrepreneur in Australia, was born at Bolton, Lancashire, on 23 December 1816, the fourth of six children and the second son of Jonathan Mort (d. 1834) and his wife, Mary, née Sutcliffe. After his father's death the family was in financial difficulty and ...

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Myddelton [Middleton], Sir Hugh, baronet (1556x60?–1631), goldsmith and entrepreneur, was born probably between 1555 and 1560 at Galch Hill in the parish of Henllan, Denbighshire, north Wales. He was the sixth son of the nine sons and seven daughters of Richard Myddelton (...

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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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Povey, Thomas (b. 1613/14, d. in or before 1705), colonial entrepreneur and administrator, was the son of Justinian Povey (d. c.1652), auditor of the queen's revenue and auditor of the exchequer, and his second wife, Anne Keterick (d. 1657). One of a family of at least nine children, he seems originally to have been destined for the law and entered ...

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Reger [née Phillips], (Esther) Janet (1935–2005), lingerie designer, was born in Jubilee Street, London, on 30 September 1935, the eldest daughter of Hyman Phillips, textile manufacturer, and his wife, Ray, née Levine. Both her parents were the children of Jewish immigrants; her paternal grandfather, ...

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Roddick [née Perella], Dame Anita Lucia (1942–2007), businesswoman, was born on 23 October 1942 in a bomb shelter at 32 New Road, Littlehampton, Sussex, one of the four children of Gilda (b. 1914/15), daughter of Domenico de Vito, farmer, and wife of ...

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Sieff, Israel Moses, Baron Sieff (1889–1972), retailer and business innovator, was born at 28 Clarence Street, Cheetham, Manchester, on 4 May 1889, the eldest of three sons and two daughters of Ephraim Sieff and his wife, Sarah Saffer, who had arrived in Britain...

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Tata, Jamshed Nasarwanji [Jamsetji] (1839–1904), entrepreneur and industrialist in India, born on 3 March 1839 at Navsari, in Gujarat, was the only son of five children of Nasarwanji Ratanji Tata, a Parsi of priestly family, and his wife (and cousin), Jiverbai Cowasjee Tata...

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Thorburn, Grant [pseud. Lawrie Todd] (1773–1863), entrepreneur and author, was born at West Houses, near Dalkeith, Edinburghshire, on 18 February 1773, the son of Elizabeth Fairley (d. 1776) and James Thorburn, a nailmaker. His mother died when he was three years old and his subsequent neglect left him physically undersized. In 1792 he joined the ...

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Walker, George Alfred (1929–2011), boxer and entrepreneur, was born in the maternity hospital at 396 Commercial Road, Stepney, east London, on 14 April 1929, the elder son of William James Walker, a brewer's drayman, and his wife, Ellen Louise, née Page. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...