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LORD CAYZER was an aristocratic businessman of the old school, a tall, distinguished sportsman who proved to be immensely shrewd at business, noted for his flair, his excellent timing and taking the long view. As a result he left a fortune certainly well above the official estimate of pounds 285m.

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Glyndebourne: An Operatic Miracle by John Joliffe John Murray pounds 25

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NICOLA TRUSSARDI was one of the generation that led the renaissance in Italian style during the 1970s and 1980s, when small family enterprises mushroomed into huge fashion and accessories empires. His contemporaries, designers and business entrepreneurs like himself, put Italian fashion on the map. Their design, production and marketing acumen transformed a cottage industry into a global business.

Samosa specialist is UK's richest Asian woman

FIVE WOMEN, with a collective worth of pounds 155m, now figure among the 30 richest Asians in Britain. Top of the list, which is published today, is Perween Warsi, who founded a company 13 years ago to make chilled and frozen goods, and is now said to be worth pounds 35m.

Historical Notes: United family of Benetton

BY THE beginning of the 20th century, the family business was at its height as driver and beneficiary of national economics around the world.



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