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Alsager, Thomas Massa (1779–1846), financial journalist and businessman, was born on 27 September 1779, probably at Southwark, Surrey, the fifth of the nine or ten children of Thomas Alsager (1738?–1790), a setter in the cloth trade, and his wife, Mary, née Crosby (...

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Baillieu, Clive Latham, first Baron Baillieu (1889–1967), businessman and mining financier, was born at Melbourne, Australia, on 24 September 1889, the eldest son of William Lawrence Baillieu (1859–1936) and his wife, Bertha Martha Latham (1865–1925). He was educated at Melbourne Church of England grammar school...

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Bolton, John Eveleigh (1920–2003), industrialist and promoter of management education, was born on 17 October 1920 at 108 Dartmouth Street, West Bromwich, the second of three children of Ernest Bolton (1883–1933), a railway district goods manager's clerk, later a railway manager, and his wife, ...

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Burgess, Henry (1781–1863), financial journalist and businessman, was born on 7 July 1781 at Grooby Lodge, Railby, Leicestershire, the seventh of the eleven children of Joseph Burgess (1735–1807), farmer and grazier, and Sarah, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Airey of Strickland, Kirby Kendal, Westmorland...

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Campbell, John (c. 1703–1777), banker and businessman, was held by contemporaries to be an illegitimate son of Colin Campbell of Ardmaddy, younger son of the first earl of Breadalbane (1634–1717). Later testimonies suggest that Colin Campbell married Grizel Douglas against the earl's wishes, and that all evidence of this legal marriage was later destroyed, and with it, the claim of ...

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Colville, Ronald John Bilsland, second Baron Clydesmuir (1917–1996), businessman and banker, was born on 21 May 1917 at 28 Park Circus, Hillhead, Glasgow, the only son and eldest of the three children of (David) John Colville, first Baron Clydesmuir (1894–1954), steel manufacturer, politician, and public servant, and his wife, ...

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Gladstone, Henry Neville, Baron Gladstone of Hawarden (1852–1935), businessman and financier, was born on 2 April 1852 at 6 Carlton Gardens, London, the third son and seventh child of William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898), the prime minister, and his wife, Catherine Gladstone, née Glynne (1812–1900)...

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Goodman, John Dent (1816–1900), businessman and banker, was born in Peterborough on 15 April 1816, the son and the first of four children of Thomas Goodman (1792–1874), grocer, of Peterborough, and Mary Dent of Lincoln. He was a pupil at Peterborough grammar school...

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John Dent Goodman (1816–1900) by Henry Dixon & Son (after Walter William Ouless, 1890) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Keswick, Sir William Johnston (1903–1990), businessman and banker, was born on 6 December 1903 in Yokohama, Japan, the second of three sons (there were no daughters) of Major Henry Keswick, of Cowhill Tower, near Dumfries, and his wife, Winifred (Ida) Johnston. Henry Keswick...

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Kissin, Harry Aaron, Baron Kissin (1912–1997), businessman and financier, was born on 23 August 1912 in Danzig, Germany, the son of Russian Jewish parents, Israel Kissin, grain merchant, and his wife, Reusi, née Model. He was brought up in Danzig and studied law at ...

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Langley, Francis (1548–1602), businessman and moneylender, was born near Althorpe, Lincolnshire, one of the seven children of Thomas Langley, a tenant farmer, and his wife, Agnes. Orphaned at the age of eight, Francis and his younger brother Thomas were brought up by their uncle ...

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Sir Iain Andrew Noble, third baronet (1935–2010) by unknown photographer image courtesy of Electric Scotland

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Noble, Sir Iain Andrew, third baronet (1935–2010), financier, entrepreneur, and promoter of the Gaelic language, was born Ian Andrew Noble in Berlin on 8 September 1935, the eldest son and eldest of three children of Sir Andrew Napier (Paddy) Noble, second baronet (1904–1987)...

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Smith, Sir John Lindsay Eric (1923–2007), banker, politician, and philanthropist, was born on 3 April 1923 at 83 Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, the eldest of three sons and second of four children of (Evan Cadogan) Eric Smith (1894–1950), a captain in the 9th lancers...

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Tagore, Dwarkanath (1794–1846), businessman and philanthropist, was born in Calcutta, Bengal, India, the second son of Rammani Tagore (1759–1833), police officer, and his first wife, Menaka, daughter of Ramakanta Roy of Jessore. At the age of five he was adopted by the childless older brother of ...

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Sir Anthony Favill Tuke (1920–2001) by Rex Coleman for Baron Studios, 1972? © reserved; Barclays Bank

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Tuke, Sir Anthony Favill (1920–2001), banker and businessman, was born on 22 August 1920 at Norcott Court, Northchurch, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, the eldest of the three sons of Anthony William Tuke (1897–1975), banker, and his wife, (Agnes) Edna, née Gannaway (d. 1966). Tuke's...