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Britain's 'King Coal' passes

Richard John Budge, the businessman crowned “King Coal” after he spearheaded the purchase of state-owned British Coal’s mining assets in England when the industry was privatised more than 20 years ago, died early this week at the age of 69.

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Coal man Richard Budge, former CEO of RJB Mining, died this week after a nine-year battle with prostate cancer

Budge was born in 1947, the year the UK coal industry, with almost a thousand deep mines and a million employees, was nationalised and became the National Coal Board.

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