James Man

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James Man
Occupation founder
Employer Man Group plc

James Man (1755 - 1823) founded Man Group plc.


Man was born in Whitechapel, Middlesex. He was apprenticed as a cooper (barrel-maker) to William Humphrey and in 1783 set up his own business as a sugar cooper and broker. The cooper side of the business soon disappeared and the company became solely a broker. In 1784, he landed a contract with the Admiralty to supply rum for the Royal Navy which lasted almost 200 years. He and Humphrey became partners again in 1787. Humphrey retired in 1795; James's sons Edward and James soon joined the firm and became partners. The older James retired in 1819. The brokerage became Man Group plc.



Last modified on 25 August 2011, at 11:32