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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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Blackaby, Frank Thomas (1921–2000), economist and peace campaigner, was born on 25 October 1921 at Milton under Wychwood, Gloucestershire, the second child and only son of the Revd Edgar Percival Blackaby (1883–1977) and his wife, Muriel Ruth Hawkins (1884–1977). His parents, both Baptists, met in ...

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Brown, Michael Barratt (1918–2015), economist, educationist, and political activist, was born on 15 March 1918 at Holland House, Woodbrooke, Selly Oak, Birmingham, the eldest of four children of Alfred Barratt Brown (1887–1947), educationist, and his wife (Doris) Eileen, née Cockshott (...

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Freame, John (1665–1745), banker and lobbyist, was probably the second son in the family of at least three children of Robert Freame, a Gloucestershire clothier. In 1681 his father was one of the 'first purchasers' of Pennsylvania and some members of the Quaker ...

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Ralph Harris, Baron Harris of High Cross (1924–2006) by unknown photographer, 2002 ? Institute of Economic Affairs

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Harris, Ralph, Baron Harris of High Cross (1924–2006), economist and free-market polemicist, was born on 10 December 1924 at 88 Langham Road, Tottenham, London, one of four children of William Henry Harris (d. 1941), bus inspector, and his wife, Lilian Maud, née...

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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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Seldon, Arthur (1916–2005), economist, was born on 29 May 1916 in London's East End, the son of Pinchas Margolis, merchant, and his wife, Masha. He was orphaned at the age of two when his parents, Russian Jewish immigrants, both died in the outbreak of Spanish flu in 1918. He was adopted by a cobbler and his wife, ...

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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 ...