Harold Samuel, Baron Samuel of Wych Cross
He established himself as an estate agent but then in 1944 he acquired Land Securities Investment Trust, a small property concern owning three modest properties. After World War II he focused on securing bomb sites in Plymouth, Exeter, Hull, Coventry and Bristol and redeveloping them. He built the business into one of the largest companies on the London Stock Exchange.
He died in 1987.
Harold Samuel was an avid art collector: his collection of Dutch paintings was donated to the Mansion House Art Collection after his death. He also became a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge and University College, London.
He married Edna Nedis in 1936 and they went on to have three daughters.
- Dutch and Flemish Seventeenth-Century Paintings: The Harold Samuel Collection, Cambridge University Press, 1992 ISBN 978-0-521-41795-2
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