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Biographical entry Wolfson, Leonard Gordon, Baron Wolfson of Marylebone in the City of Westminster (1927 - 2010)

Bt 1962; Kt 1977; Hon FRCS 1988.

London, UK
20 May 2010
Businessman and Philanthropist


Lord Wolfson was a businessman and an outstanding philanthropist. He was born in London, the only child of Edith and (later Sir) Isaac Wolfson, the son of Russian immigrants who had settled in Glasgow, and was educated at King’s School, Worcester. He succeeded to the Great Universal Stores business empire that had been established by his father. He ran the Wolfson Foundation and supported the Wolfson Colleges, which his father had established in Oxford and Cambridge, as well as many Jewish charities. He also built up a valuable art collection. He was elected to the Court of Patrons of our College in 1976 and was made an honorary fellow in 1988.

He married first Ruth Sterling, by whom he had four daughters, and, after a divorce, Estelle Feldman. He died on 20 May 2010.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 24 May 2010].

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