The Eccentric Entrepreneur: A Biography of Sir Julian Cahn (1882-1944)

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History Press, Jun 16, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 218 pages
Sir Julien Cahn was possibly the most successfuleccentric in 1930's Britain. A second generation Jew fromNottingham, Cahn developed hire purchase and establishedJays & Campbells, the largest, mass-market retailfurniture empire in the country. A combination ofintellectual brilliance, social chutzpah, politicalescapades and flamboyant acts of philanthropy facilitatedCahn's rapid ascent up the social ladder. Theextraordinary wealth his business generated enabled himto indulge in his hobbies and donate huge sums tophilanthropic causes. The Sir Julien Cahn XI cricket teamis still widely acknowledged as the finest privatecricket team ever assembled. An accomplished magician, hebuilt a lavish art deco theatre and cinema at hissumptuous home, Stanford Hall near Loughborough in whichhe staged illusions so spectacular that he was requestedto perform at London's Palladium Theatre. Despite anti-Semitism, he was a controversial Master of several of theleading Leicestershire Hunts. A keen patron of the artsCahn organised concerts and entertained the likes of SirMalcolm Sargent, Strauss and Kreisler.

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