Sir John Henry Ritblat FRICS FSVA (born 3 October 1935) is an English
property developer and Honorary President and formerly Chairman and
CEO of The
British Land Company PLC an FTSE100 London-based property
1 Early life
3 Political activity
5 Personal life
7 External links
Ritblat was born on 3 October 1935 in Hampstead, North London,
England. He was educated at Dulwich College, The Hall School,
Hampstead and the College of Estate Management.
British Land from Jim Slater in 1970 for £1m, and retired
as Chairman in 2006. 
Since June 2001, Ritblat has served as the non-executive Chairman of
property advisory Colliers CRE.   He also serves as the Chairman
of the Advisory Board of Delancey, the property and asset-backed
investment firm founded in 1995 by his son
Jamie Ritblat (b 1967),
which owns the Alpha Plus group of schools of which Sir John is the
Chairman of the Board of Governors.
He has donated to the Conservative Party.
He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Wallace Collection,
Chairman of the Governing Body of The
London Business School and
Honorary Fellow, a Member of the Council of The Royal Institution and
Honorary President of The British Ski & Snowboard Federation,
Deputy Chairman of The
Royal Academy of Music
Royal Academy of Music and Honorary Fellow.
Hon. Fellow of The Royal Institute of The British Architects. D.Litt
London Metropolitan University. Vice Chairman of The International
John Ritblat gallery of The
British Library houses some of the
finest items in their collection for public display, it is named after
him since he was a major benefactor during the building of the gallery
and donated one million pounds towards the gallery's display cases.
He is also Vice Chair of International Students House, London.
He has been married twice. His second wife, Jill (née Zilkha), is a
philanthropist. He has two sons,
Jamie Ritblat (b 1967) and Nick
Ritblat . He also has a daughter, Suki Ritblat .
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Alpha Plus on Delancey website
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