Famous British Philanthropists

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Princess Diana
(First Wife of Charles, Prince of Wales)
Princess Diana
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Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 31, 1997

The first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Diana was a member of the British royal family. As a princess, she became known for her unconventional approach to charity work. She was celebrated as a style icon and fashionista as well. She divorced Charles in 1996 and died in a tragic car accident the following year.

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John Paul Getty Jr.
(Philanthropist)
John Paul Getty Jr.
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Birthdate: September 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Italy
Died: April 17, 2003
 3 
Davina McCall
(Television presenter)
Davina McCall
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Birthdate: October 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England
After brief stints as a singer and dancer during her early twenties, Davina McCall established herself as a television presenter at MTV and then rose in popularity as the host of Big Brother aired on Channel 4. She presented This Time Next Year on ITV. Born to a French mother and an English father, she is also involved in charity.
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 4 
Jessie Ware
(Singer-songwriter)
Jessie Ware
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Birthdate: October 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
 5 
Douglas Booth
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Birthdate: July 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greenwich, London, England, UK
 6 
Jacob Rothschild
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Birthdate: April 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berkshire, United Kingdom
 7 
Duncan Bannatyne
(Entrepreneur)
Duncan Bannatyne
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Birthdate: February 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Clydebank, Scotland
 8 
Julian Marley
(Musician)
Julian Marley
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Birthdate: June 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, UK
 9 
Ben Horowitz
(Businessperson)
Ben Horowitz
3
Birthdate: June 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
 10 
John Caudwell
(Businessman who founded the now defunct mobile phone retailer Phones 4u)
John Caudwell
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Birthdate: October 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
 11 
Catherine Cookson
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Birthdate: June 27, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: South Shields, County Durham, England
Died: June 11, 1998
 12 
Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook
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Birthdate: May 25, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Maple, Vaughan, Canada
Died: June 9, 1964
 13 
Elihu Yale
(President of the British East India Company Settlement in Fort St. George, at Madras, India)
Elihu Yale
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Birthdate: April 5, 1649
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 8, 1721

Born in Massachusetts, Elihu Yale moved with his family to Britain at age 3. An East India Company official, he had been the President of Madras and later started a diamond business in London. He later turned into a generous philanthropist and became the main benefactor of what is now Yale University.

 14 
John Templeton
(Investor)
John Templeton
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Birthdate: November 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winchester, Tennessee, United States
Died: July 8, 2008
William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme
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Birthdate: September 19, 1851
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bolton, England
Died: May 7, 1925
Cosima von Bülow Pavoncelli
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Birthdate: April 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, United States
 17 
Moses Montefiore
(Financier)
Moses Montefiore
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Birthdate: October 24, 1784
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Livorno, Italy
Died: July 28, 1885
 18 
Felix Dennis
(Publisher)
Felix Dennis
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Birthdate: May 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England
Died: June 22, 2014
 19 
Charles Palmer-Tomkinson
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Birthdate: January 4, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hampshire, England
 20 
Brian Souter
(Businessman)
Brian Souter
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Birthdate: May 5, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perth
 21 
Joseph Whitworth
(British Engineer, Entrepreneur, Inventor and Philanthropist Who Devised the 'British Standard Whitworth System')
Joseph Whitworth
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Birthdate: December 21, 1803
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockport, Cheshire, England
Died: January 22, 1887

Mechanical engineer Joseph Whitworth is best remembered for devising the British Standard Whitworth system for screw threads. He contributed a lot to the development of Owens College, introduced a scholarship, and left most of his fortunes to the people of Manchester. He was also made a baronet of the U.K.

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Fraser Stoddart
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Birthdate: May 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
 23 
Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury
(British Politician, Philanthropist, and Social Reformer)
Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury
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Birthdate: April 28, 1801
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 1, 1885
One of the most significant industrial reformers of Britain, Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury was instrumental in bringing about many reforms, such as the 1845 Lunacy Act, which treated the mentally ill with compassion. His Mines Act prohibited all women and all children below 10 from mining work.
 24 
Harry Oakes
(Businessman)
Harry Oakes
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Birthdate: December 23, 1874
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sangerville, Maine, United States
Died: July 7, 1943
 25 
Amit Bhatia
(Founding partner of Swordfish Investments and chairman of Queens Park Rangers football club)
Amit Bhatia
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Birthdate: September 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
 26 
Charles Booth
(British Philanthropist and Social Reformer Known for His Innovative Philanthropic Studies on Working-Class Life in London)
Charles Booth
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Birthdate: March 30, 1840
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: November 23, 1916

Charles Booth was not just a shipowner but also a prominent social reformer, best known for his 17-volume Life and Labour of the People in London, which threw a light on the social conditions of the poor in London. He also developed statistical methods to ascertain the social issues of the working class.

Angela Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts
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Birthdate: April 21, 1814
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 30, 1906
 28 
Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia
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Birthdate: November 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
William Morris, 1st Viscount Nuffield
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Birthdate: October 10, 1877
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Worcestershire, England
Died: August 22, 1963
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Poju Zabludowicz
(Art collector, Businessperson, Philanthropist)
Poju Zabludowicz
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Birthdate: April 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal
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Birthdate: August 6, 1820
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Forres, Scotland
Died: January 21, 1914
 32 
John Moores
(Businessman)
John Moores
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Birthdate: January 25, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barton upon Irwell, Eccles, England
Died: September 25, 1993
 33 
Peggy Cripps
(Author)
Peggy Cripps
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Birthdate: May 21, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Died: February 11, 2006
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Seebohm Rowntree
(British Sociologist and Philanthropist Known for His Studies of Poverty and Welfare)
Seebohm Rowntree
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Birthdate: July 7, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: York, England
Died: October 7, 1954

Though he initially studied chemistry, Seebohm Rowntree soon joined his family cocoa business. He soon introduced employee-friendly policies, such as the 5-day work week and a pension plan, in the company. His pioneering study of working-class homes in York became an iconic sociological treatise on the poor.

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Lucy, Lady Houston
(Philanthropist, Political activist)
Lucy, Lady Houston
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Birthdate: April 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England
Died: December 29, 1936
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Maurice de Hirsch
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Birthdate: December 9, 1831
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: April 21, 1896

German philanthropist and businessman Maurice de Hirsch was born into an affluent family of bankers and was later associated with Bischoffsheim & Goldschmidt. He is remembered for his remarkable charitable contribution to various educational initiatives and for the settlement of Jewish refugees, the most notable being the fund for Russian Jews.

John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford
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Birthdate: September 30, 1710
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Streatham, Surrey Kingdom of Great Britain
Died: January 5, 1771
 38 
Robert Raikes
(Philanthropist)
Robert Raikes
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Birthdate: September 14, 1735
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gloucester, England
Died: April 5, 1811
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William Legge, 2nd earl of Dartmouth
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Birthdate: June 20, 1731
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: unknown
Died: July 15, 1801
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Christopher Ondaatje
(Businessman, Philanthropist)
Christopher Ondaatje
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Birthdate: February 22, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kandy, Sri Lanka
 41 
Thomas Guy
(Philanthropist)
Thomas Guy
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Birthdate: 1644 AD
Birthplace: Southwark, England
Died: December 27, 1724
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Rupert Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh
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Birthdate: March 29, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: September 14, 1967
 43 
Asif Aziz
(Businessperson and philanthropist)
Asif Aziz
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Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Limbe, Malawi
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Henry Thornton
(Economist)
Henry Thornton
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Birthdate: March 10, 1760
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 16, 1815

Born to a well-known merchant and evangelist, Henry Thornton too followed in his father’s footsteps to become part of the evangelical Clapham Sect. A monetory theorist, he later became the first to explain the difference between nominal and real interest rates. The noted economist had also been a parliamentarian.

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John Taylor
(Inventor, Businessperson)
John Taylor
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Birthdate: November 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buxton, Derbyshire, England
 46 
William Edward Forster
(Industrialist)
William Edward Forster
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Birthdate: July 11, 1818
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bradpole, England
Died: April 6, 1886
 47 
John Fothergill
(Physician)
John Fothergill
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Birthdate: March 8, 1712
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England
Died: December 26, 1780

English physician John Fothergill revolutionized medical science by identifying the hardening of the arteries attached to the heart muscle in a case of angina pectoris. He is also said to have made coffee a popular beverage in England and supported coffee cultivation in the West Indies.

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton
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Birthdate: January 17, 1709
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hagley, England
Died: August 24, 1773
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Joseph Sturge
(Philanthropist)
Joseph Sturge
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Birthdate: 1793 AD
Birthplace: Elberton, England
Died: May 14, 1859
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Thomas Holloway
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Birthdate: September 22, 1800
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Devonport, Plymouth,, England
Died: December 26, 1883