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Barratt, Sir Lawrence Arthur [Lawrie] (1927–2012), house builder, was born on 14 November 1927 at Eskville, Warrington Road, Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne, the son of William Arthur Barratt (1893–1971), an electrical engineer on the municipal trams, and his wife, Florence Mary, née Jagger (1900–1987)...

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Sir Lawrence Arthur Barratt (1927–2012) by Mike Owen, c.1985 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Batley, Lawrence (1911–2002), businessman, was born on 15 February 1911 at 37 Bland Street, Lockwood, Huddersfield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the elder son of John Arthur Batley, iron moulder, and his wife, Beatrice, née Fawley, weaver. Although he passed the entrance examination for ...

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Beckett, Sir Terence Norman (1923–2013), industrialist and business leader, was born on 13 December 1923 at 41 Tasker Street, Walsall, the son of Horace Norman Beckett (1901–1979), a junior civil servant, and his wife, Clarice Lillie, otherwise Clarice Lillian, née Allsopp (1892–1967), both from ...

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Durham, Sir Kenneth (1924–2005), businessman, was born on 28 July 1924 at 104 Stanley Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, the son of George Durham, house painter, and his wife, Bertha, née Aspin. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Blackburn, and briefly read physics at ...

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Matthews, Sir Peter Alec (1922–2006), engineer and businessman, was born on 21 September 1922 on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, the son of Major Alec Bryan Matthews, a steel engineer, and his wife, Elsie Lazarus, née Barlow. Brought up on a farm at ...

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Odell, John William [Jack] (1920–2007), businessman and toy manufacturer, was born on 19 March 1920 at 736 Holloway Road, Islington, London, the elder son of William John Odell, bus driver, and his wife, Alice Esther, née Williams. Expelled from council school at the age of thirteen for what he later described as rebelliousness, he failed to find regular employment, drifting from ...

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John William Odell (1920–2007) by Chris Ware, 1968 [right, with Leslie Smith] Getty Images

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Parker, Sir Peter (1924–2002), businessman, was born in Malo-les-Bains, near Dunkirk, France, on 30 August 1924, the third son of Tom Parker, a marine engineer born in Hull, and his wife, Dorothy Sydney, née Mackinlay, a teacher. Both his brothers died during the Second World War. He spent half of his childhood in ...

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Sir Peter Parker (1924–2002) by Stephen Hyde, 1983 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Raitz, Vladimir Gavrilovich (1922–2010), holiday entrepreneur, was born on 23 May 1922 in Moscow, the son of Gavril Raitz, a medical doctor, and his wife, Cecilia, a dentist. Both parents were Russian Jews. In 1928 his parents separated and he left the Soviet Union...

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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 ...

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Stakis, Sir Reo [formerly Argyros Anastasis] (1913–2001), hotelier and businessman, was born Argyros Anastasis on 13 March 1913 in the village of Kato-Drys, near Lefkara, Cyprus, the eldest in the family of two sons and four daughters of Argyros Anastasis, a peasant farmer, and his wife, ...