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Christopher Shaw

According to his friend David Wynne-Morgan, financier Christopher Shaw (1938-2014) ‘decided at Eton that he wanted to live like a 19th century aristocrat and he did just that’. Known as Christopher-Off-Shaw, the mergers and acquisitions king held court at Hinton Ampner in Winchester, kept an Albany set in London’s Piccadilly…

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Paul Sacher

One of the world’s richest men, Paul Sacher (1906-1999) was one of the last great musical patrons of the 20th century. Trained as a violinist, conductor and musicologist, Sacher founded the Basel Chamber Orchestra in 1926 and the Basel Chamber Choir in 1928. He would go on to commission some…

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HM Queen Victoria
  • June 6, 2017
  • Posted In: Royal

Though HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901) awarded Henry Poole & Co her Royal Warrant in 1869, it was not presumed that she held a personal account with the firm. But a single record has been found dated 1868 when the widowed Great British Queen and Empress of India ordered a cloak…

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Donald G. Fisher

It is not without irony that Donald G. Fisher (1928-2009), founder of The Gap and patron saint of dress down Fridays in the 1990s, had his bespoke suits cut on Savile Row by Henry Poole & Co. When Fisher and his wife Doris opened the first Gap store on Ocean…

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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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