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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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Hart, David (1944–2011), businessman and political adviser, was born at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, on 4 February 1944, the elder son of Louis Albert (Boy) Hart (1905–1978), solicitor and later chairman of the Henry Ansbacher merchant bank, of the Old Rectory, Hoggeston, Buckinghamshire...

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Knox, Oliver Arbuthnot (1923–2002), advertising agent, novelist, and political activist, was born on 24 December 1923 at Courns Wood, Hughenden, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, the elder son of (Alfred) Dillwyn Knox (1884–1943), classical scholar and cryptographer, and his wife, Olive Margaret Rickman, née...

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Maguire, James Rochfort (1855–1925), company director and imperialist, was born at Kilkeedy, co. Limerick, on 4 October 1855, the second son of John Mulock Maguire, rector of Kilkeedy, and his wife, Anne Jane, née Humphreys. He was educated at Cheltenham College and at ...

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James Rochfort Maguire (1855–1925) by unknown engraver, pubd 1895 (after Walery) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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McGrath, Joseph Laurence (1888–1966), Irish republican and entrepreneur, was born, probably in Dublin, on 21 August 1888, the youngest of five children (three sons and two daughters) of George McGrath, labourer, and his wife, Bridget, née Bolger. Having left school at fourteen, he qualified as an accountant in his twenties. Aged nineteen he joined ...

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Tandoh, Kwamina Faux [Chief Kofi Amoah] (c. 1877–c. 1932), businessman and spokesman for west African interests, was born in Cape Coast, Gold Coast, the son of Robert Tandoh, a dispenser. It is thought that he was educated partly in Britain. Business opportunities led him to establish companies including ...