Arnold Weinstock and Adoption
Weinstock was born to a family of Polish-Jewish immigrants to England, the last child, the eldest of whom was 24 when he was born. His father, a tailor's cutter, died in 1929 and his mother in 1934. Initially he was looked after by his brothers, then by his brother Harry's wife's family.
During World War II he was evacuated to Warwickshire. He graduated from the University of London in statistics and has become one of the wealthiest and most powerful industrialists in the UK, turning GEC from a small appliance manufacturing company into the largest manufacturing company in the UK.
He was knighted in 1970 and created a life peer in 1980; he was also a trustee of the British Museum and an important racehorse owner.
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