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Sir William Neal, 1st Baronet

Sir William Phené Neal, 1st Baronet (22 October 1860 – 7 July 1942), was a British businessman and Lord Mayor of London.
Neal published The Food Supply of the Nation in 1924. He served as Sheriff of London in 1929–30 and as Lord Mayor of London between 1930 and 1931. He was created a baronet, of Cherry Hinton in the County of Cambridge, in 1931. He died in July 1942, aged 81, when the baronetcy became extinct.

Austin Bide

Sir Austin Ernest Bide (11 September 1915 – 11 May 2008) was a British chemist and industrialist. He was president of Glaxo from 1973 to 1985, and chairman of British Leyland from 1984 to 1986. He was knighted in 1980. He died in St. Anthony’s Hospital of bronchopneumonia after suffering from a stroke.

Marcus Lamb

Marcus Lamb (born October 7, 1957) is an American televangelist, minister and Christian broadcaster. He is the co-founder, president, and CEO of the Daystar Television Network, the second-largest Christian television network in the world. The network has 90 TV stations and satellite and cable coverage that reaches 100 million U.S. households and more than 200 countries. The estimated value of the network is $230 million.

Arthur Wait

Arthur John Wait (c. 1910 — 27 June 1981) was an English builder and life president and former chairman of Crystal Palace F.C..
Arthur Wait was a local builder who joined the board of Crystal Palace as a director sometime between 1948 and 1950. In 1958 he became the Chairman, before being replaced by Raymond Bloye in 1972, and becoming Life President, a position he held until 1981. The Arthur Wait Stand at Selhurst Park is named in his honour. Wait was a lifelong Palace supporter who used to sneak into the ground as a schoolboy.
As chairman of the club, he was instrumental in Palace hosting Real Madrid’s first game in London. To celebrate the installation of new floodlights at the club, Wait and the board wanted to invite a famous club from the north of England to play a friendly. After discovering the fee demanded, Wait declared: “If that’s what they are going to do to us, we might as well try to get Real Madrid.” Wait secured the services of Madrid for a fee of £10,000 and expenses. On the evening of 18 April 1962, the Spanish Ambassador switched on the floodlights and Madrid secured a first half lead of 3-1 and then held on to win 4-3.

Les Wexner

Leslie Herbert Wexner (born September 8, 1937) is an American billionaire businessman, the founder and chairman emeritus of L Brands (formerly Limited Brands). Wexner grew a business empire after starting The Limited, a clothing retailer with a restricted selection of profitable items, and later expanded his holdings to include Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie and Fitch, Express, and Bath & Body Works. He has been a political independent since 2018. Wexner announced the sale of a majority stake in Victoria’s Secret to Sycamore Partners, and stepped down as CEO of L Brands in February 2020.

Denis Thatcher

Sir Denis Thatcher, 1st Baronet, MBE, TD (10 May 1915 – 26 June 2003) was a British businessman and husband of Margaret Thatcher, acting as consort during her tenure as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was born in Lewisham, London, the elder child of a New Zealand-born British businessman, Thomas Herbert “Jack” Thatcher. He remains the most recent person outside the Royal Family to be awarded a British hereditary title, which he was granted in 1990.

Robert Stanes

Sir Robert Stanes (13 May 1841 – 6 September 1936) was a British businessman and philanthropist in India who founded United Nilgiri Tea Estates (UNTE) in Coimbatore.
Stanes was born in Aldgate, London, the eighth of nine children of James Stanes (12 March 1796 – 3 February 1880) and Sarah Poultney Stanes (née Worth; 26 April 1806 – 15 July 1843). James Stanes was a glass and china shipping merchant who established the Stanes’ presence in India by sending several of his sons to the country. In 1848, James Stanes junior (1830–1852), the second son, arrived in southern India and established the Runnymede Coffee Estate near Coonoor in Madras Presidency. He was drowned in May 1852 while traveling near Kulhutty. Later that year, following the death of James Stanes junior, William Henry Stanes (12 May 1826 – 31 January 1865), his eldest brother, was sent to India. He was followed by the fourth son, Thomas Stanes (6 January 1837 – 30 January 1905), who arrived at Madras on the SS Hindustan on 26 June 1855. James Stanes senior visited his sons William and Thomas in Madras Presidency in 1855, accompanied by his third son, Henry Thomas Stanes (1835–1917), who ran the London end of the family’s businesses. The greatest impact in India was made by Robert Stanes, the youngest son, who arrived in India on 24 December 1858 on his father’s ship the SS Trafalgar while still a boy of seventeen.
Robert immediately launched himself on a successful career as a coffee planter in Coimbatore. Five years later he established the first inland coffee-curing plant in India, In 1885, Stanes & Co went out of business. Stanes recalled that “the firm suffered great losses and Messrs Stanes Watson failed in business, which led to the collapse of my firm. I had to begin all over again, all that I had was 500 rupees” (about £40 at that date). Failure in business was at that time a disgrace and Robert Stanes’s son, Fred, who was five at the time, remembered both the shame and also having to return to England on a cargo boat. Stanes wrote that “my dear wife endured it all without a murmur and with the greatest patience”. He started again and the business again prospered. By the time of his death he owned cotton mills, coffee and tea plantations, coffee curing plants, motor works and tire retreading plants; Coimbatore is still a major industrial city today, largely through Stanes’s contribution.
When Coimbatore City Council was formed, he became chairman. He set up the Stanes School in the city in 1862. His elder brother, Thomas Stanes, had established the Stanes School in Coonoor, in 1858.
In 1913, he was awarded the Kaiser-i-Hind Gold Medal for services to Coimbatore and to education and he was knighted in the 1920 New Year Honours.
Sir Robert died in Coimbatore in 1936 and is buried alongside his wife, Harriet Huntingdon Harris (1843–1901), at All Saints church, Coonoor.

William Rollason

William Rollason (born 29 November 1960) was the Chairman of the Direct Selling Association in London.
Rollason trained in corporate finance at Hambros Bank (1986–1995). Hambros was taken over by Société Générale. Before joining EHR, Rollason was Finance Director of National Express which he reportedly left in 2002 after a clash with chief executive Phil White.
He was then appointed CEO of Farepak. He went on to set up a parent company (EHR), which was largely financed by Farepak.

Frederik Meijer

Frederik Gerhard Hendrik Meijer (December 7, 1919 – November 25, 2011) was an American businessman, the chairman of the Meijer hypermarket chain in Michigan, US.

William Foyle

William Alfred Westropp Foyle (1885–1963) was a British bookseller and businessman who founded Foyles bookshop in 1903.
William Foyle was one of the leading London booksellers of the 20th century. In 1903 he opened his first bookshop with his brother Gilbert and by the late 1920s the business had grown so rapidly that their bookstore in Charing Cross Road held a stock of four million volumes on over thirty miles of bookshelves, and the name of Foyle had become synonymous with bookselling in London. His vision for the business was a bookshop for the world – for every one from any station in life – “The People’s Bookshop”. His inspiration was James Lackington’s late 18th century “Temple of Muses” at Chiswell Street, London.
The Foyle brothers were determined to create the greatest bookshop in the world. Foyles became increasingly popular with customers and members of the public throughout the world. In 1930, Foyle’s nineteen-year-old daughter, Christina, brought together famous writers and distinguished figures, along with members of the public, to create the world’s first public literary luncheon.
During World War II, William Foyle purchased Beeleigh Abbey, a 12th-century monastery on the River Chelmer at Maldon, Essex. Although Foyle had collected books from an early age, it was at Beeleigh Abbey that he was able to house the books properly, forming one of the largest English private libraries of the 20th century. From 1963 to 1999 Christina Foyle lived at and maintained the Beeleigh estate. In July 2000 the library was sold at auction by Christie’s auction house. The three day sale realised some £12,000,000, the most expensive item, a Medieval French work, selling for £883,750. It was the single most valuable collection of books ever to be sold at auction in Britain or Europe.

William Fettes

Not to be confused with Sir William Fettes Douglas

Sir William Fettes, 1st Baronet (25 June 1750 – 27 May 1836) was a wealthy Scottish businessman and philanthropist, who left a bequest which led to the foundation of Fettes College, in Edinburgh.

Bruce Botnick

Bruce Botnick (born 1945) is an American audio engineer and record producer, best known for his work with The Doors, and with Love.

Vince Stanzione

Vince Stanzione (born 1968/1969) is a British entrepreneur.
Stanzione first worked as a hairdresser in his family’s business in Luton before becoming a currency trader in the 1980s. After losing his savings in the 1987 stock market crash, Stanzione started mail order sales of mobile phones. In 1999 The Observer reported that he was worth over £1 million.
He returned to trading in financial markets and had a financially successful strong run in commodities, making over £2 million from spread betting with firms such as IG Index. In 2003 he was running courses teaching people how to spread bet.
In 2004 he launched The Advert Channel which was the world’s first television channel dedicated to television commercials. In 2005 the parent company floated on the UK Alternative Investment Market AIM as TV Commerce Holdings Plc (TVC). In 2006 regulators ruled that one of the channels owned by TVC had deliberately kept callers on premium-rate telephone numbers waiting longer than necessary. The company was fined by ICSTIS, the channel was forced to close, TVC’s share price fell by over 50% as a result and TVC warned that it may no longer be viable. TV Commerce Holdings plc became a shell company known as Gemstones of Africa in 2009.
In 2013 he published a book, The Millionaire Dropout which was listed in the New York Times list of bestselling books and USA Today bestselling books.

Vance Miller

Vance Miller is an entrepreneur from Rochdale, Lancashire, in England. Miller, whose business practices have attracted controversy, has been referred to in the media as “The Kitchen Gangster” after being featured the 2004 BBC series “Saturday Kitchen Gangster”.

Tim Stevenson (Lord Lieutenant)

Timothy Edwin Paul ‘Tim’ Stevenson, OBE (born 14 May 1948) is the current Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. A qualified barrister, he is also a businessman and current Chairman of Johnson Matthey plc.

Thomas Whitty

Thomas Whitty (1713–1792) was an English carpet manufacturer who founded Axminster Carpets in 1755.
Whitty was impressed by a large Turkish carpet he saw at Cheapside Market in London, and upon his return to Axminster he used his skills as a weaver to work out how to produce a product of similar quality. After several months work he completed his first carpet on midsummer’s day 1755. His carpets were then chosen by wealthy aristocrats to have in their English country homes and town houses. Axminster Carpets were produced for the music room of the Brighton Royal Pavilion, Saltram House, Warwick Castle, Chatsworth House and in 1800 for the Sultan of Turkey.
King George III and Queen Charlotte purchased Axminster carpets and also visited the factory which dominated the English carpet market between 1755 and 1835 when Samuel Rampson Whitty, the grandson of the founder was declared bankrupt following a disastrous fire seven years earlier which destroyed the weaving looms.
Blackmores of Wilton, near Salisbury, bought the remaining stock and looms and extended their business to include hand-knotted carpets which were still called Axminsters.

Thomas Tobin

Sir Thomas Tobin (22 March 1807 – 9 January 1881) was a British merchant. He moved to Ballincollig in 1863 to become managing director of Ballincollig Royal Gunpowder Mills. He played an active part in the social and industrial life of Ballincollig and Cork until his death in 1881.

Colgate Hoyt

Colgate Hoyt (1849–1922) was an American businessman active in the late nineteenth century. He was a director of the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company, and one of the founders of Everett, Washington, where a main street is named after him. He was a New York investment banker who was the partner of Joseph L. Colby as Colby, Hoyt. They were active together in the organization and finance of many businesses.
He married Lida Williams Sherman, the daughter of Charles Taylor Sherman and niece of William Tecumseh Sherman. Their daughter, Elizabeth Sherman Hoyt, married the British diplomat Ronald Lindsay in 1924.

William Wrigley Jr.

William L. Wrigley Jr. (September 30, 1861 – January 26, 1932) was an American chewing gum industrialist. He was founder and eponym of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in 1891. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wrigley Jr. is rumored to have co-founded his namesake company with a lesser-known Canadian named M. Bessemer, who was a close childhood friend of Wrigley Jr.

Lou Zocchi

Louis Zocchi, Technical Sergeant, USAF (retired), is a gaming hobbyist, former game distributor and publisher, and maker and seller of polyhedral game dice.

Lila Bell Wallace

Lila Bell Wallace (December 25, 1889 – May 8, 1984) was an American magazine publisher and philanthropist.

Eric Ries

Eric Ries (born September 22, 1978) is an American entrepreneur, blogger, and author of The Lean Startup, a book on the lean startup movement. He is also the author of The Startup Way, a book on modern entrepreneurial management.

Stephen Kirk (businessman)

Stephen Michael Kirk (born August 28, 1952) is a businessman and entrepreneur from London, UK.
Stephen Kirk founded Cable London Plc along with Jerrold Nathan, Andrew Karney and Malcolm Gee., Broadsystem Ltd,[2] and Broadsystem Ventures, which was a joint venture with Rupert Murdoch’s News International. Kirk sold Broadsystem Ltd to News International in 1990 and five years later started a joint venture, Broadsystem Ventures, with News International. He sold his stake in 1999. In the late 1990s he co-founded a real-time astrology website with former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie and television pioneer Bruce Gyngell.
From 1999 onwards, Kirk has been involved with other companies at Board-level, including Elisabeth Murdoch’s London based TV production company, Shine entertainment where he was a Non-Executive director from 2003 until 2011 when the company was sold to News Corporation for $670m.
Kirk was until recently Chairman of The Ink Factory, a production company owned by Simon and Stephen Cornwell which, among other things, produces works based on the work of their father, John Le Carre. The company has produced several movies including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy, and A Most Wanted Man, one of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last movies, and The Night Manager series for BBC TV and AMC.
Stephen Kirk is a certified Master NLP Practitioner and Executive Coach. He lives in Marylebone, Central London.