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Lord Boothby

Lord Robert ‘Bob’ Boothby (1900-1986) had a long but frustrated political career as Tory MP and peer largely thanks to his colourful and indiscreet private life. The charismatic politician was tipped as a future leader of the Tory party in the 1920s. But in 1930 Boothby commenced a long-standing affair with future…

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HG the 13th Duke of Bedford

Through sheer tenacity and ingenuity John Ian Robert Russell, 13th Duke of Bedford (1917-2002), saved his family estates from crippling death duties and his stately home Woburn Abbey from near-collapse when he inherited the dukedom in 1953. His decision to open Woburn to the public in 1955 was controversial but…

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C. Douglas Dillon

As Treasury Secretary Clarence Douglas Dillon (1909-2003) was the only Republican chosen by President John F. Kennedy for his 1961 Democratic administration. He continued to serve President Johnson after JFK’s assassination in 1963. Born into a patrician American financial dynasty, Dillon’s was a pre-destined career of private gain and public…

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Charles T. Munger

Charles ‘Charlie’ Munger (b.1924) is an American business magnate, philanthropist and vice chairman of ‘Oracle of Omaha’ Warren Buffett’s investment corporation Berkshire Hathaway. Though Munger is now ninety-three and Buffett eighty-six, their investment portfolio continues to soar. In the fourth quarter of 2017, net income for Berkshire Hathaway rose to…

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John Hughes

The Laureate of 1980s teenage high school movies, John Hughes (1950-2009) was the screenwriter and sometimes director of seminal films such as Sixteen Candles (1984), Weird Science (1985), The Breakfast Club (1985), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) and Pretty in Pink (1986). His films influenced fashion, his New Wave soundtracks…

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Jacques Cartier

Jacques Cartier (1885-1942) was the grandson of the eponymous jewellery dynasty’s founder Louis-François Cartier who took over the business of his Parisian master Adolphe Picard in 1847 and opened his first premises in 1852. The Cartier family defied the rule that the third generation would dissipate the wealth created by…

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HRH The Duke of Windsor
  • April 9, 2017
  • Posted In: Royal

HRH the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) was born in the twilight of his great grandmother Queen Victoria’s reign. In his youth, the handsome, charismatic Prince of Wales – named Edward after his uncle the Duke of Clarence and Avondale but known to his family as David – was the first…

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Major Sir Malcolm Campbell

Between 1924 and 1935 British motoring legend Major Sir Malcolm Campbell (1885-1948) broke the land speed record nine times. He would set the water speed record a further four times. Campbell’s automobiles and boats – christened Blue Bird – were as emblematic of the frantic, transatlantic jazz age as Josephine…

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Samuel Courtauld

Textile industrialist and art collector Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947) was one of the first British patrons to see the beauty in French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. In the 1920s Courtauld and his wife Elizabeth (‘Lil’) chose pieces by Manet, Renoir, Degas, Monet, Cézanne and Van Gogh that are considered amongst their…

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HIH Grand Duchess Marie of Russia
  • March 17, 2017
  • Posted In: Royal

HIH Grand Duchess Marie of Russia (1853-1920) was the only daughter of Tsar Alexander II and the only member of the Romanov dynasty to marry into the British royal family. Despite opposition from both sides, the Grand Duchess married Queen Victoria’s second son Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1874…

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