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Charles Forte, Baron Forte (1908-2007), Businessman; President of Forte PLC

Sitter in 6 portraits
Italian-born hotelier; President of Forte PLC. Educated at Dumfries College after moving to Scotland with his family. He opened the first milk bar in in London in 1933 and expanded into catering and hotel businesses. A merger created Trusthouse Forte in 1970, of which he was Chief Executive from 1971 to 1978. The multi-billion pound business included the Little Chef roadside restaurant and Crest, Forte Grand, Travelodge and Posthouse hotels. He became Chairman of the company from 1982 when he was made a Life Peer. His son Rocco Forte became Chairman in 1992.

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P1168

Charles Forte, Baron Forte

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 31 March 1977
NPG P1168

x125986

Charles Forte, Baron Forte

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 14 December 1959
NPG x125986

x26002

Charles Forte, Baron Forte

by Ronald Franks
chlorobromide print, 1964
NPG x26002

x131051

Charles Forte, Baron Forte

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1966
NPG x131051

x126803

Charles Forte, Baron Forte

by Fergus Greer
bromide fibre print, 1990
NPG x126803

x191068

Charles Forte, Baron Forte

by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios
5 x 4 inch film negative, 1 February 1960
NPG x191068