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Antonin Besse (1877–1951) by unknown photographer courtesy of St Antony's College, Oxford

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

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Noon, Gulam Kaderbhoy, Baron Noon (1936–2015), by Tom Pilston, 2004

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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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Reece, Alan Richard (1927–2012), engineer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, was born on 7 March 1927 at the Princess Christian Maternity Home, 70 Alma Road, Windsor, the son of Richard Reece, a trooper in the Life Guards (later a postman), and his wife, Olive Winifred, ...

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Robinson, Sir David (1904–1987), entrepreneur and benefactor, was born on 13 April 1904 in Cambridge, the third of the six sons and nine children of Herbert Robinson, cycle shop and later garage owner, and his wife, Rosie Emily Tricker. He was educated at the ...

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Sherratt, John (bap. 1718, d. 1788), entrepreneur and social reformer, was baptized on 20 June 1718 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the son of William Sherratt and Mary, née Trusler. Sherratt (who also spelled his name Sherrott) had a varied and eventful career as a businessman, through which he became involved in politics, foreign affairs, and social reform. He was twice married: first to ...

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Sutton, William Richard (1835x7–1900), entrepreneur and housing philanthropist, was born in Kennington, Lambeth, the youngest son of five children born to Frederick Wilson Sutton (1798–1852) and his wife, Mary Head Matts (1811–1866/7). His father was a partner in the stationery firm of Shepherd and Sutton...