John Sainsbury (1927-2022)

January 24 2022

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Sad news to report that John Sainsbury, Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, passed away on 14th January 2022 at the age of 94. Sainsbury, part-owner and long-time chairman of the Sainsbury's supermarket chain, was one of the most generous donors to British cultural institutions of the twentieth century. Amongst the many examples of his philanthropy include a sizeable donation for the £50m Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery (co-funded with his brother Simon Sainsbury (d.2006) and opened in 1991), significant donations to the Royal Opera House redevelopments during the 1990s and a donation of £25m to the British Museum in 2010.

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