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Bendhem, Thomas [Tom] (1928–2002), businessman and art patron, was born on 13 September 1928 in Berlin, the third child and second son of Heinrich (later Henry) Bendhem (1892–1965), owner of coal and wine businesses, and his wife, Elise Charlotte, née Frank (1898–1987). At the age of five, ...

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Bicknell, Elhanan (1788–1861), art patron and businessman, was born on 21 December 1788, at 8 Blackman Street, Southwark, London, the second son of William Bicknell (1749–1825) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Randall (1756–1821), of Sevenoaks, Kent. William was a friend of John Wesley...

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Gilbert, Sir Arthur (1913–2001), businessman and art collector, was born Abraham Bernstein at 6 St Mark's Terrace, Dalston, London, on 16 May 1913, the eighth child of Lazarus Bernstein and his wife, Bela (Betsy), née Feldman, Polish Jewish immigrants who had settled in ...

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Sir Arthur Gilbert (1913–2001) by unknown photographer Gilbert Collection, Somerset House

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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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Sainsbury, Sir Robert James (1906–2000), businessman and patron of the arts, was born on 24 October 1906 at Waverley, 33 Eton Avenue, Hampstead, London, the second son and the youngest of the three children of John Benjamin Sainsbury (1871–1956) [see under Sainsbury family...

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Sir Robert James Sainsbury (1906–2000) by Francis Bacon, 1955 © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS 2010. Collection of Robert & Lisa Sainsbury, University of East Anglia, Norwich. Photograph: James Austin

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Schreiber [née Bertie; other married name Guest], Lady Charlotte Elizabeth (1812–1895), translator, businesswoman, and collector, eldest child of Albemarle Bertie, ninth earl of Lindsey (1744–1818), former army general and tory MP for Stamford, and his second wife, Charlotte Susanna Elizabeth, née Layard (1780–1858)...

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Lady Charlotte Elizabeth Schreiber (1812–1895) by William Walker, pubd 1852 (after Richard Buckner) Glamorgan Record Office

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Silver, Jonathan (1949–1997), businessman and gallery owner, was born on 21 October 1949 at St Luke's Hospital, Horton Lane, Bradford, Yorkshire, one of the two sons of Sydney Samuel Silver (b. 1917), retail draper, and his wife, Irene Betty, née Morris, whose mother ran a boarding-house for Jewish refugees. Educated at ...