Lord Michael Grade, TV executive and businessman, was born in 1943. He was chairman of the BBC from 2004 to 2006 and executive chairman of ITV Plc from 2007 to 2009. His father was Leslie Grade, the theatrical agent who, with brothers Lord (Lew) Grade and Lord (Bernard) Delfont, built perhaps the most powerful show business network in the world in the post-war period, booking talent like Doris Day, Danny Kaye and Bob Hope. Michael Grade joined the family business at the age 23.