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Hugo von Reitzenstein Cunliffe-Owen

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Hugo von Reitzenstein Cunliffe-Owen (1870–1947), started as a tobacco industrialist in Bristol.

Cunliffe-Owen was a civil engineer with Sir John Wolfe Barry. He first went into business in Bristol. He became a director of the British-American Tobacco Co on its formation in 1902, later becoming vice-chairman, and chairman from 1923 until his retirement in 1945. For the last two years of his life, he was president of the company.

He was chairman of Cunliffe-Owen Aircraft Ltd until his death in 1947. He was also associated with British and Foreign Aviation Ltd. [1]


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