Simon Marks, 1st Baron Marks of Broughton

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The Lord Marks of Broughton
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Sir Simon Marks with David Ben-Gurion in Tel Aviv, 1949
Born (1888-07-09)9 July 1888
Leeds, England
Died 8 December 1964(1964-12-08) (aged 76)
London, England
Nationality British
Relatives Michael Marks
Michael Marks
The grave of Simon Marks, Golders Green Crematorium (within the columbarium)

Simon Marks, 1st Baron Marks of Broughton (9 July 1888–8 December 1964), was a British Jewish businessman.


Early life[edit]

Marks was born in the Leylands, Leeds, on 9 July 1888, son of Michael Marks and Hannah Cohen.[1] and educated at Manchester Grammar School.


In 1907, he inherited a number of "penny bazaars" from his father, which had been established with Thomas Spencer. With the help of Israel Sieff, he built Marks & Spencer into an icon of British business.

He was knighted in 1944 and in 1961 was raised to the peerage as Baron Marks of Broughton, of Sunningdale in the Royal County of Berkshire.[1]

Death and legacy[edit]

Marks died 8 December 1964, in London,[1] and was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium. His ashes and memorial are housed within the internal columbarium (visible by arrangement). The ashes of his wife Miriam Marks (née Sieff, sister of Israel Sieff), and those of his business partner Israel Sieff, rest with his.

He was succeeded in the barony by his only son Michael.[1]

Coat of arms[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
(new creation)
Baron Marks of Broughton
Succeeded by
Michael Marks