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Barnett Isaacs Barnato (1852–1897) by Warren © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barnato, Barnett Isaacs [Barney] (1852–1897), diamond merchant and financier, born on 5 July 1852 at Aldgate, London, was the second son of the five children of Isaac Isaacs, shopkeeper, and Leah Isaacs (said to be related to the master of the rolls, Sir George Jessel...

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Goldsmid, Abraham (c. 1756–1810), merchant and financier, was born in the Netherlands about 1756, the youngest son in the family of four sons and three daughters of Aaron Goldsmid (d. 1782), a merchant, and his wife, Catherine de Vries. His father migrated from ...

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Hardoon, Silas Aaron (1851–1931), merchant and property owner, was born in Baghdad, one of the six children of Aaron Hardoon. He moved with his family to Bombay about 1856. His family was poor and he received only an elementary education, possibly supported by the local ...

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Solomon Barnato Joel (1865–1931) by Bassano, 1914 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Joel, Solomon Barnato (1865–1931), financier, was born on 21 December 1865, at 8 Sandys Row, Spitalfields, in the East End of London, the youngest of three sons of Joel Joel (d. 1893), cigar manufacturer and publican, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of ...

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Sir Maxwell Joseph (1910–1982) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Joseph, Sir Maxwell [formerly Max] (1910–1982), hotelier and property dealer, was born Max Joseph on 31 May 1910, at 21 Whitechapel Road, London, the second of the three sons of Jack Joseph, a journeyman tailor and property dealer, and his wife, Sarah Orler...

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Julius [née Goldman, afterwards Hille], Rosamind (1923–2010), design entrepreneur and furniture manufacturer, was born on 30 November 1923 at 144 Bethune Road, Stamford Hill, London, the eldest daughter of Morris Goldman (1897–1968), retailer and manufacturer, and his wife, Rachel (Ray), née Hille (1899–1986)...

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Lampl, Sir Frank William (1926–2011), construction industry executive, was born near Brno, Czechoslovakia, on 6 April 1926, the son of Otto Lampl (d. 1934), a cultured Jewish landowner with a doctorate in law, and his wife, Olga, née Jellinek (d. 1944)...

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Levy, Joseph (1906–1990), property developer and estate agent, was born on 27 January 1906 at 1 Mansell Road, Acton, Middlesex, the youngest of the five children of David Edward Levy, then a hotel waiter, and his wife, Ellen Kate Twine. David Levy was later described as a manufacturer's agent and as a bookmaker. ...

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Medina, Sir Solomon de [formerly Diego de Medina] (c. 1650–1720), merchant and financier, was born in Bordeaux, a younger son of Francisco de Medina, merchant, and his wife, Gracia Pereira, who were both of Portuguese Jewish origin. In 1662 the family moved to ...

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Sir Ernest Oppenheimer (1880–1957) by unknown photographer De Beers Consolidated Mines, South Africa

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Oppenheimer, Sir Ernest (1880–1957), diamond merchant and financier, was born in Friedberg, Germany, on 22 May 1880, the fifth son and eighth child of Eduard Oppenheimer (1841–1924), cigar merchant, and his wife, Nanny Hirschhorn (1841–1912). From the age of ten he was educated in French and classics at the ...

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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...