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Jennifer Mary Victoria D'Abo (1945–2003) by unknown photographer, 1990 UPPA/Photoshot

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D'Abo [née Maude], Jennifer Mary Victoria (1945–2003), businesswoman, was born on 14 August 1945 at the London Clinic, 20 Devonshire Place, London, the elder of the two daughters of Michael William Vernon Maude, later Hammond-Maude (d. 1995), diplomat and land agent, of ...

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Bamford, Joseph Cyril (1916–2001), engineer and businessman, was born on 21 June 1916 at The Parks, New Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, the son of Cyril Joseph Bamford, agricultural engineer, and his wife, Dolores Alice, née Turner. His family controlled and managed a long-established farm machinery business. The company, which manufactured balers and other equipment, had been started by his great-great-grandfather in 1812. He was brought up a Roman Catholic. After education at ...

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Joseph Cyril Bamford (1916–2001) by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, 1989 © Lucinda Douglas-Menzies; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Brech, Edward Francis Leopold (1909–2006), management consultant, theorist, and historian, was born Edward Franz Leopold Brech at 84 Brook Street, Kennington, London, on 26 February 1909, one of four children of Franz Josef, later Francis Joseph, Brech (1876–1933), an Austro-Hungarian restaurant manager, and his wife, ...

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Curr, Edward (1798–1850), politician and entrepreneur in Australia, was born on 1 July 1798 at Sheffield, England, the son of John Curr, a coal viewer at the duke of Norfolk's estate and coalmines, and his wife, Hannah Wilson (1759–1851). He was educated at ...

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ffrench, Charles Austin Thomas Robert John Joseph, sixth Baron ffrench (1868–1955), company director, was born at Birchgrove, his maternal grandfather's house in co. Roscommon, on 20 June 1868, the elder son of the Hon. Martin Joseph ffrench (1813–1893), of Frascati, Blackrock, Dublin, resident magistrate at ...

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See Fraser, Simon Christopher Joseph, fifteenth Lord Lovat and fourth Baron Lovat

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Gage, George (c. 1582–1638), diplomat and businessman, was the son of Edward Gage (b. 1539), gentleman, of Firle, Sussex, and Margaret, daughter of Sir John Shelley of Michelgrove. Educated overseas, he became skilled in the Italian, French, and Spanish languages. During 1612–16 he was a companion of ...

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Gatti family (per. 1847–1981), restaurateurs, theatre owners, and entrepreneurs, came to prominence with Carlo Gatti (1817–1878), who was born into a patrician family in the frazione (district) of Marogno in Dongio, Val di Blenio, Ticino, Switzerland, on 27 July 1817, the youngest of four sons and three daughters of ...

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Hadingham, Reginald Edward Hawke [Buzzer] (1915–2004), businessman and tennis administrator, was born on 6 December 1915 at 30 Beukplein, The Hague, one of four sons of Edward Wallace (Tim) Hadingham, naval officer and businessman, and his wife, (Ethel) Irene Penelope, née Gwynne-Evans. He was born in the ...

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Haughey, Edward Enda, Baron Ballyedmond (1944–2014), entrepreneur and politician, was born on 5 January 1944 in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, co. Louth, Ireland, the son of Edward Haughey, a cattle dealer, of Dundalk, co. Louth, who died two months before Haughey...

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George Hay, first earl of Kinnoull (bap. 1570, d. 1634) by Daniel Mytens, 1633 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Hay, George, first earl of Kinnoull (bap. 1570, d. 1634), politician and entrepreneur, was baptized on 4 December 1570, probably at Megginch, Perthshire, the second son of Peter Hay (d. 1596), laird of Megginch and bailie to his distant kin the earls of Erroll...

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Hirst, Olive Mirzl (1912–1994), advertising agent, was born in Mortlake, Surrey, on 20 June 1912. Little is known of her early life. She was educated at the Abbey School, Mill Hill, north London, which she left in 1930 to work in the overseas department of ...

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Olive Mirzl Hirst (1912–1994) by Baron Studios, 1964 © National Portrait Gallery, London