John ('Jock') Middleton Campbell, Baron Campbell of Eskan(1912-1994), Businessman; instrumental in founding The Booker Prize
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Campbell was a businessman in the sugar industry. He was born into a family whose wealth had derived from the slave trade, and could trace a line of descent from a Jamaican slave. He took charge of family sugar estates in Guyana in 1934. He merged the family firm with the larger Booker Brothers, McConnell and Co. and after 1945 managed and became chairman of the combined business, investing heavily in technology and improving workers' housing and health facilities. He argued that 'maximising profits cannot and should not be the sole purpose, or even the primary purpose, of business'. A Labour peer and chairman of the Milton Keynes Development Corporation, The Booker Prize, launched in 1969 arose from managing the copyright of his friend, the novelist Ian Fleming.
by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 7 October 1969