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1985: the little known Mohamed Al Fayed is suddenly news as he battles to buy Harrods. Newspapers struggle to excavate his past - he has lived quietly in England since 1964 - and turn up this shot of a swinging partygoer. He paid pounds 615m for Harrods, but triggered a feud with Tiny Rowland that was ultimately to stymie his fight for British citizenship.

1999: Mohamed Al Fayed has just been refused British citizenship because he paid MPs and was involved in opening a Harrods safe deposit box. His many charitable works and his release of the Fulham football manager, Kevin Keegan, to manage the England team have not convinced Jack Straw, Home Secretary, that he is "of good character".