In Gerald Ronson: Leading from the Front
, the last of the great British tycoons reveals how he fought his way to the top of the business ladder, lost everything twice, then clawed his way back up again.
Amazingly for a man who now holds an iconic status in British business, Ronson quit school before his 15th birthday to work with his father in the family’s furniture factory, and as a young boy he and his friends were street fighters, using their fists to take on the British fascist movement. This propelled him into a role as a leader in the country’s Jewish community, and he is now considered to be the most influential secular Jew in the UK.
Ronson will forever be associated with the famous Guinness Affair, which was the biggest financial scandal of the ’80s. He was found guilty after a media circus of a trial in which the cards were stacked against him, and he spent six months in jail. After Guinness, which Ronson calls the greatest crisis in his life, he suffered a major financial crash that nearly bankrupted him, and he has spent the last two decades rebuilding his empire and reputation.
Now 70, Ronson spends a great deal of time raising money for charities. His company, Heron, was for a time the second-largest private company in the country, and he is arguably the most respected property developer in Europe.
Ronson’s candid insights into British business, the British Establishment and justice system, and his friends and foes, make this the single most important autobiography of the year.
Gerald Ronson is an international property and petrol station magnate, and is one of the most notable philanthropists in Britain.
Jeffrey Robinson is the bestselling author of The Sink
, The Merger
and The Laundrymen
, which first brought to the world’s attention the problems of money laundering.
An incredible memoir,Both an entertaining read and educational,Crammed with anecdotes about key financial and political heavyweights of the past few decades,A brilliant autobiography,Jeffrey Robinson has caught perfectly the gruff, proud and sporadically aggrieved voice of Gerald Ronson,If ever there was a manual for entrepreneurs in the current climate, it would be Gerald Ronson's autobiography