Jack Dellal

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Jack Dellal
Born (1923-10-02)2 October 1923
Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, England
Died 28 October 2012(2012-10-28) (aged 89)
London, England
Education Heaton Moor College, Manchester
Occupation Chairman, Allied Commercial Holdings
Known for Property investment, Oil investment, Banking
Spouse(s) Zehava Helmer (1952-1975; divorced)
Ruanne Louw (1997-2012, his death)
Partner(s) Katya Douglas (????-????)
Children Guy Dellal
Zack Dellal
Catherine Dellal
Gaby Dellal
Didi Dellal
Loraine Dellal
Parent(s) Sulman Dellal
Charlotte Shashoua
Relatives Alexander Dellal (grandson)

Jack Dellal (2 October 1923 – 28 October 2012) was a British property investor. Nicknamed "Black Jack". His company, the property group Allied Commercial Holdings,[1] financed the purchase of Shell Mex House in 2002 and sold it in 2007. Dellal had a net worth of £6.5 billion. [2]

Early life[edit]

Dellal was born in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, to immigrant Iraqi Jews Sulman Dellal and Charlotte Shashoua.[3] He was educated at Heaton Moor College, also in Manchester.[4] Dellal worked with his father from the early age of 18 selling cloth. He later then retired at the age of 23.


Dellal was a banker in the 1970s. He owned the Dalton Barton bank, which he sold to Keyser Ullman for £58 million.[5] He set up Allied Commercial in 1974 with Stanley Van Gelder, with whom he worked for over forty years. One of their deals was the flip of central London's Bush House, which made £750 million within two years.[5][6] He was said to have invested up to £200m in London's Dolphin Square.[7]

Dellal's nickname, "Black Jack", was popularly said to have derived from his love of gambling.[8][4]

Personal life[edit]

Through two marriages and at least one long term relationship, he had nine children, seven daughters and two sons.

  • Zehava Helmer: (1952-1975; divorced) - Guy (businessman), Lorraine, Suzanne, Diane and Gaby (film director)[9][10]
  • Katya Douglas: - Jasmine (film director) and Rowan
  • Ruanne (née Louw) : Former Miss South Africa: marriage (1997-2012, his death) - Zack and Catherine. With whom he left £1.2 billion of his fortune to.

In memory of his daughter Suzanne, Jack founded the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater in Tel Aviv in 1989.

Guy was a director of Allied Commercial Holdings, who ran Allied Commercial along with his father from 1986, and took over operational ownership years before Jack died. Today he is an investment partner of Robert and Vincent Tchenguiz,[10][11] and an art dealer.


Dellal died in his sleep in London on 28 October 2012, aged 89.[12]