Gerald Ronson, the veteran tycoon jailed for his part in one of Britain’s best-known stock market scandals as one of the “Guinness Four”, is among those recognised in the New Year honours list.
Ronson, who claims to have pioneered self-service petrol stations, served six months after his conviction in 1990 for involvement in a share-trading scandal. Once out of prison he embarked on a concerted campaign to clear his name, rebuilt his business empire, and devoted money and time to charity work, for which he is now awarded a CBE.
Ronson’s honour follows £30m in donations to organisations such as the NSPCC and the Prince’s Trust as well as work with Great Ormond Street Hospital.
If it weren’t for the conviction that C would be a K.
So it’s not that “Oh my, a convicted criminal has got a gong”, it’s that he’s only got a CBE for what would have garnered anyone else a KBE.