David Robinson (philanthropist)

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Sir David Robinson (April 13, 1904January 10, 1987) was a British entrepreneur and philanthropist. He donated 18 million to the University of Cambridge to establish a new college in his name. Robinson College, Cambridge, the newest in the university, was formally opened in 1981.

Robinson was born in Cambridge, England, but later moved to Bedford. He built a business renting radios and televisions, which was commercially successful. Robinson was also involved with horse-racing: in the late 1960s and 1970s he owned a large number of horses that were victorious in their competitions, and which also yielded significant profits.

He was knighted in 1985, and died two years later in Newmarket, the home of English horse-racing.

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