Wallenberg: he forced through mergers which saved the family firm

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She lived independently until 105,  though had to stop dancing after breaking her hip in 1998

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The football manager Ken Furphy has died aged 83

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Managed Pele, Moore, Best and Cruyff during a five-year stint in the States

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The classically-trained actor became a familiar face on the small screen

Pauline Yates has died aged 85

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It is 40 years since Elizabeth Perrin wrung her hands and uttered the unremarkable line, “Have a nice day at the office.”

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah ibn Abd al-Aziz Al Saud back in 2010

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Prince Abdullah came into his own at a time most men are well into retirement.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia: A shrewd ruler who was popular with his subjects

He pumped billions of dollars into modernisation of the Saudi educational system, opened up the Saudi economy, ushered his country into the World Trade Organisation and curbed the authority of religious police

Brittan: his lack of a following in the party proved fatal

Leon Brittan: Tory Home Secretary whose rise was halted by Westland affair

Brittan's elevation in 1983 to Home Secretary at the age of 43 was remarkable but his career prematurely ended over ministerial divisions

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John Bayley: Author and literary critic who wrote a tender, unflinching account of the final years of his wife, Iris Murdoch

The Oxford don was one of the great literary critics of the post-war period

Cambell: ‘a colourful, livewire colleague’

Jeffrey Cambell: Much-loved theatrical agent who cornered the market in acting for leading sound and lighting designers

Prospective employers came to be familiar with his negotiating style, which was always full of colourful language and vivid expression

Ronalde: he was signed to EMI when a producer saw the effect a radio broadcast of him whistling had on people in a London pub

Ronnie Ronalde: Music hall artiste famous for his whistling and yodelling

Ronalde was a major attraction on both sides of the Atlantic and audiences marvelled at lightning-fast versions of "Tritsch Tratsch Polka" and "Can-Can"

Verna in 1999: ‘I didn’t invent instant replay to improve officiating. I invented it for a better telecast’

Tony Verna: Television producer who invented the instant replay

Verna's 1963 invention changed the way sport is viewed and refereed

Anderson: 'Loyal men like him come along very rarely in one's life,' said Nancy Reagan

Martin Anderson: Adviser to Ronald Reagan who wrote extensively on the former US president's legacy

He served Reagan as assistant for policy development and was a major contributor to his economic and missile-defence plans

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