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Biographical entry Sieff of Brimpton, Rt Hon Lord Marcus Joseph, Baron Sieff of Brimpton (1913 - 2001)

OBE 1944; Kt 1971; Hon FRCS 1984.

23 February 2001
London, UK


A businessman and former chairman of Marks and Spencer, Marcus Sieff was elected to an honorary fellowship in 1984 in recognition of his contributions to the College.

He was born in 1913, the younger son of Israel Sieff and Rebecca Marks, an ardent Zionist. Rebecca's father Michael had co-founded the retailer Marks and Spencer in Leeds in 1884. Marcus was educated at Manchester Grammar School, St Paul's in London and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he read economics. He started working at Marks and Spencer in 1935.

In the Second World War he served in the Royal Artillery, winning an OBE for gallantry and reaching the rank of colonel.

From 1954, he was successively a director, assistant managing director, vice-chairman, joint managing director and deputy chairman of Marks and Spencer. He was chairman of the company from 1972 to 1984. He introduced schemes to improve the welfare of his employees, including profit sharing.

He was created a life peer in 1980. He died in London on 23 February 2001.

John Blandy

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Independent 24 February 2001].

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