Beit, Alfred

   German-British financier. Born to a Portuguese family in Hamburg, his parents were baptized after their marriage. Educated in Hamburg, he went to work with a firm importing wool and diamonds; in 1871 he went to Holland, and in 1875 joined a relative's firm in South Africa as a diamond buyer. In 1890 he established the firm of Wernher, Beit and Company. He also set up and controlled the Pretoria Waterworks, the Pretoria Electric Lighting Company, and the National Bank of South Africa. In 1888 Beit and Cecil Rhodes formed De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited.

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  • Alfred Beit — Alfred Beit, 1905 Alfred Beit (* 15. Februar 1853 in Hamburg; † 16. Juli 1906 auf dem Landsitz Tewin Waters in der Nähe von Welwyn in der englischen Grafschaft Hertfordshire) war ein britisch südafrikanischer Gold und Diamantenmagnat. Er war ein… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Beit — bzw. von Beit ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Alfred Beit (1853–1906), britisch südafrikanischer Diamantenmagnat und Mäzen Ferdinand Beit (Chemiker) (1817–1870), Mediziner, Chemiker und Industrieller Ferdinand Beit (Politiker)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Beit Baronets — The Beit Baronetcy, of Tewin Water was created in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom on 24 October 1924 for the financier, philanthropist and art connoisseur Otto John Beit. With the death of his son, the second Baronet, a Member of Parliament… …   Wikipedia

  • Beit, Sir Alfred — (1853–1906)    South African financier. Born in Hamburg, Beit went to Amsterdam and studied the diamond trade. He settled in South Africa in 1875 and rapidly acquired a leading position in the diamond fields. In 1888, Beit and Cecil Rhodes formed …   Who’s Who in Jewish History after the period of the Old Testament

  • Beit Bridge — ▪ Zimbabwe also spelled  Beitbridge        town, southern Zimbabwe. It lies near the bridge across the Limpopo River named for Alfred Beit, a British South African financier. The bridge is situated on the border with Limpopo province, South… …   Universalium

  • Sir Alfred Beit, 2nd Baronet — Sir Alfred Lane Beit, 2nd Baronet (1903 ndash;1994 [,,2 2352277,00.html Diaries will stay secret to protect the Queen ] mdash; The Times , 11 September 2006] ) was a British conservative politician, art… …   Wikipedia

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