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Leonard Steinberg, Baron Steinberg

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Leonard Steinberg, Baron Steinberg 1 August 1936 – 2 November 2009 was a British life peer and multi-millionaire businessman

Born in Belfast on 1 August 1936, he was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution Steinberg was the founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Stanley Leisure Ltd The business was founded in Belfast in 1958, but Steinberg moved to Liverpool in 1977 when he refused to pay protection money to either republican or loyalist paramilitaries, and after he was shot on 23 February 1977 by the Provisional Irish Republican Army Despite his move to England, he continued to describe himself thus: "I am Jewish, Northern Irish, and an Ulster Unionist"

Since 2005, Stanley Leisure has seen changes of ownership, with William Hill buying the bookmaking operations and the Genting Group buying the casino operation Steinberg sold a large number of his shares in 2004, but retained 113% of the company's stake His personal fortune was estimated as being some £108 million in 2005 He was also the founder and Chairman of Trustees of the Steinberg Family Charitable Trust

Steinberg, who then lived in Hale, was made a Conservative Party life peer on 23 June 2004 with the title Baron Steinberg, of Belfast in the County of Antrim, and had made contributions to the Conservative Party

The Northern Ireland Friends of Israel group was launched with Steinberg as president in March 2009 He spoke of “the longstanding links which connect Northern Ireland and Israel” at that launch

Steinberg died in London on 2 November 2009 while travelling to attend a sitting of the House of Lords He is survived by his wife Beryl, two children and grandchildren


Coat of arms of Leonard Steinberg, Baron Steinberg

See also

  • List of Northern Ireland Members of the House of Lords
  • Northern Ireland Friends of Israel


  1. ^ Cracroft's Peerage Archived 2005-05-20 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Unlock Democracy website: Party Watch Archived 2007-10-27 at the Wayback Machine accessed on 25 June 2007
  3. ^ a b The Sun newspaper accessed on 25 June 2007
  4. ^ Sunday Independent, 27 May 2001
  5. ^ Irish Times, 24 February 1977
  6. ^ Daily Telegraph obituary
  7. ^ a b c Manchester Evening News accessed on 25 June 2007
  8. ^ "No 57340" The London Gazette 29 June 2004 p 8083 
  9. ^ Unlock Democracy website Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine accessed on 25 June 2007
  10. ^ Belfast Telegraph 17 April 2009
  11. ^ "Gaming tycoon Baron Steinberg dies" The Business Desk 3 November 2009 
  12. ^ http://wwwbelfasttelegraphcouk/news/local-national/belfast-peer-and-betting-millionaire-dies-aged-73-14548677html

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