King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, 1923-2015

Ruler who steered the world’s largest oil exporter through some of its most testing times

Leon Brittan, Conservative minister, dies

Thatcher loyalist who proved to be a valuable bridge between Westminster and Brussels

Peter Wallenberg, Swedish industrialist

Patriarch’s leadership spanned a period of great corporate change in Sweden

‘Union Jack’ Hayward dies at 91

Businessman, philanthropist and saviour of Wolves

Bess Myerson, TV personality, 1924-2014

Beauty queen who went on to gain New York political posts

Ulrich Beck, sociologist 1944-2015

Sociologist wrote about the risks posed by technological innovations

Ex-NY governor Mario Cuomo dead at 82

Democrat turned down several invitations to seek US presidency

Takeshi Taketsuru, Whisky distiller, 1924-2014

Heir who refined Japan’s regard forthe spiritof the glens

Ronald Li

‘Godfather’ of HK exchange dead at 85

Creator of the modern bourse served jail time for taking bribes

Leo Tindemans, statesman, 1922-2014

Son of a Flemish mechanic who advocated a ‘People’s Europe’

William Salomon, bond trading pioneer, 1914-2014

Wall Street’s fearsome fighter for the family firm

Mandy Rice Davies, model, 1944-2014

In the Profumo scandal she came to embody the newfound irreverence towards Britain’s ruling classes in the 1960s

Karl Otto Pöhl, Bundesbank head, 1929-2014

Urbane and tough-talking defender of the Deutschmark

David Mackay, architect, 1933-2014

Briton whose vision gave Barcelona back its beach

PD James, crime novelist, 1920-2014

Queen of crime fiction whose intrigue harked back to a golden age

Marion Barry, Washington mayor, 1936-2014

Controversial US political figure who proved unstoppable

Johanna Weber, mathematician and aerodynamicist, 1910-2014

Wing woman whose sums let Concorde take to the skies

Mike Nichols, director, 1931-2014

Protean artist who was constantly on the move

Saud bin Mohammed bin Ali al-Thani, collector, 1966-2014

Sheikh whose urge to accrue shook western auction rooms

Acker Bilk, clarinettist, 1929-2014

The Paramount jazzman who composed a classic in ‘Stranger on the Shore’


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