Gerald Ronson receives university honour

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2009
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Businessman Gerald Ronson

Businessman Gerald Ronson

Gerald Ronson, one of the UK’s most successful Jewish businessmen has received an Honorary Doctorate.

Mr Ronson, 70, a property developer, has received his Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from Northumbria University.

Mr Ronson founded the Heron Group at the age of 17 and by the early 1980s, his company was worth more than £1.5 billion.

Mr Ronson’s latest project, the 46-storey Heron Tower, will be the tallest building in the City of London when it is completed in 2011 but he has also won recognition for his charitable work, personally donating more than £30million for charities such as Jewish Care, and establishing The Gerald Ronson Foundation.

Last updated: 9:25am, July 22 2009