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Berezovsky, Boris Abramovich (1946–2013), entrepreneur and politician, was born in Moscow on 23 January 1946, the son of Abram Markovich Berezovsky (1911–1979), a Jewish civil engineer, and his wife, Anna Aleksandrovna, née Gelman (1923–2013), a nurse. His life started in academic obscurity. After flunking his mathematics examinations for ...

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See Burton, Sir Montague Maurice [formerly Meshe David Osinsky]

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Hoseason, James William Nicholson [Jimmy] (1927–2009), holiday entrepreneur, was born at Keen's Farm, South Cove, near Southwold, Suffolk, on 6 November 1927, the son of William Ballantyne (Wally) Hoseason (1887–1950), a Shetlander, and his wife, Jessie Mary, née Nicholson (1893–1970), a Scottish cousin. His sister, ...

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Julius [née Goldman, afterwards Hille], Rosamind (1923–2010), design entrepreneur and furniture manufacturer, was born on 30 November 1923 at 144 Bethune Road, Stamford Hill, London, the eldest daughter of Morris Goldman (1897–1968), retailer and manufacturer, and his wife, Rachel (Ray), née Hille (1899–1986)...

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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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Simon Marks, first Baron Marks (1888–1964) by Sir Oswald Birley, 1934 Estate of the Artist; collection unknown; photograph Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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(Esther) Janet Reger (1935–2005) by John Stillwell, 1990 PA Archive / PA Photos

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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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Dame Anita Lucia Roddick (1942–2007) by Gareth Davies, 2002 Getty Images

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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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Israel Moses Sieff, Baron Sieff (1889–1972) by Baron Studios, 1966 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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 ...

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George Alfred Walker (1929–2011) by Monty Fresco, 1989 © Monty Fresco / Associated Newspapers / Rex Features