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Obituary: Derek Coombs, 1931-2014

Prospect's founding Chairman

By David Goodhart   February 2015


Derek Coombs was a shrewd businessman who made a fortune on the back of a well-timed move into high street finance in the late 1970s. He was also a man of liberal sensibilities and broad political and cultural interests.

The two sides to him came together often in his career, but most importantly in one of the final acts of his eventful and fruitful life—in his decision to become the main financial backer of the fledgling Prospect magazine in the late 1990s. Without that decision it is very unlikely that the magazine…

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