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Sir Julian Hodge (October 15, 1904 - July 17, 2004) was a London-born entrepreneur and banker who lived in Wales for most of his life, starting at age five. He formed the Julian Hodge Bank, which later became the Carlyle Trust bank in Cardiff.
As the son of a plumber, he came from humble beginnings. At the age of 5 he moved to Pontllanfraith, Wales . He left school at age 13 but his mother encouraged him to read classic novels and recite poetry to further his education. His first job was as an assistant in a chemist's shop. He joined the Great Western Railway as a junior clerk in 1920 and studied accountancy in his spare time, qualifying as a corporate accountant in 1930. He went into business for himself in the early 1930s.
He was well known as a philanthropist, using much of his fortune for charity work including setting up the Jane Hodge foundation in memory of his mother and as a benefactor for Cardiff University from 1970 onwards (one of the halls of residence now bears his name - Hodge Hall). In the late 1990s he helped fund the "Just Say No " campaign against devolution ahead of a referendum for the Welsh assembly.
He died peacefully at his home on Jersey, 3 months short of his 100th birthday.
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