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Sir Thomas Lipton


1850 - 1931

Grocer and entrepreneur. Born in Glasgow, Lipton revolutionised the retail grocery trade, developing many of the marketing techniques which are used by supermarkets today. He ensured supplies by buying, for example, tea plantations in Sri Lanka. He quickly became a millionaire, enabling him to challenge consistently but unsuccessfully for the Americas Cup (yachting). Lipton also started the World Cup in football (soccer) in 1910. He left a substantial benefaction to the City of Glasgow and is buried in the city's Southern Necropolis.


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