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Sir Leslie Porter (1920–2005) by Robin Laurance, 1978 © Robin Laurance / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Porter, Sir Leslie (1920–2005), businessman, was born Leslie Posament on 10 July 1920 at Streatham Manor, Leigham Avenue, Streatham, London, the youngest child in the family of two sons and one daughter of Henry Alfred Posament, later Porter (d. 1955), textile merchant, and his wife, ...

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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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Sainsbury, Simon David Davan (1930–2006), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 1 March 1930 at 27 The Vale, Chelsea, London, the second of three sons of Alan John Sainsbury, later Baron Sainsbury (1902–1998), grocer and businessman, and his first wife, Doreen Davan, née...

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Salmon, Brian Lawson (1917–2001), businessman and public servant, was born on 30 June 1917 at 127 Oakwood Court, Kensington, London, the son of Julius Salmon, caterer, then serving as a lieutenant on the army staff, and his wife, Emma Constance, née Gluckstein. He was a member of a talented, entrepreneurial Jewish family, linked in marriage and business with the ...