Gerald Maurice Ronson (b. 27 May 1939) was the Jewish businessman and Chief Executive (1988-1983) of the Heron Corporation plc., Heron International plc., and Chief Executive of Snaz 24 Corporation Ltd., all based in London, UK.
By the early 1980s Heron was one of the largest private companies in the United Kingdom, with assets of over £1.5 billion, but the company was over-extended and by the 1990s had virtually collapsed with debts of £2.4 billion, and owed to 89 banks and 15,000 bondholders.
In 1993 Ronson, a relation of Malcolm Rifkind and Leon Brittan, Larry Parnes, the stockbroker, and Ernest Saunders (real surname Schleyer) were all in prison for multi-million pound conspiratorial fraud in the Guiness Share Scandal.
Ronson married on 10th September 1967, Gail Cohen.
- Crookes, John & Green, Alison, editors, Debrett's People of Today 14th annual edition, London, 2001, p.1686.
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- Debrett's, 2001, p.1686