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Tea Baron

Thomas Lipton

Many of the tea plantations in India were developed by Scots. By the late 1800s Thomas Lipton controlled 10% of the world tea trade. Lipton was born in a Gorbals tenement and emigrated to America when he was 15. He returned to Glasgow five years later and opened his first grocers shop. Soon he had expanded into a chain of shops and he was a millionaire by the time he was 30. Much of his fortune was spent unsuccessfully competing for the Americas Cup, the premier sailing trophy.

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