Brian Bell (businessman)

Sir Brian Ernest Bell CSM, KBE, CStJ (3 July 1928 – 26 July 2010) was an Australian-born businessman who established a business empire in Papua New Guinea.

Sir Brian Bell

Born(1928-07-03)3 July 1928
Died26 July 2010(2010-07-26) (aged 82)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Other namesMister B
CitizenshipPapua New Guinean
EducationDiploma in Pharmacy
Alma materBrisbane Central Technical College
OccupationCompany director
Years active1948–2010
OrganizationBrian Bell Group
Known forBusinessman, philanthropist
Spouse(s)Jean Clough nee Ferguson

Early lifeEdit

Bell studied pharmacy at the Brisbane Central Technical College, now the Queensland University of Technology. He moved to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in 1954 as a pharmaceutical chemist in the Bulk Medical Store and soon after established PNG's first electrical retail outlet.

Business careerEdit

Bell's business expanded rapidly and Brian Bell and Company was established in 1961. It included department stores, home centres, chemicals, cleaning products and industrial equipment. The Brian Bell Group of Companies is the largest business of its kind in PNG, generating revenue of 253 million kina annually and employing 1300 staff.

Philanthropy and honoursEdit

Bell supported the Port Moresby General Hospital (where he was Chairman of the Board), the Red Cross and the Port Moresby City Mission. He also served as deputy lord mayor of Port Moresby, a member of the PNG lands board, the Salvation Army advisory board and the PNG law and order committee. He was at one time chairman of UPNG Foundation, the NCD South Pacific Festival of Arts and the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal. Bell also served as patron of AIESEC PNG University. He set up a school outside Port Moresby, helped in offering scholarships and funded many needy and deserving young Papua New Guineans.

Bell was Honorary Consul General in Papua New Guinea for Norway and Sweden and was appointed a Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit and a Commander of the Order of the Polar Star (Sweden) for his service in those positions. He also received the PNG Community Service Medal, Queen's Jubilee Medal, PNG Independence Medals and the Salvation Army's Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service.

Bell was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for his contributions to business and charity in Papua New Guinea's 1993 New Year's Day Honours List.[1] He was appointed a Commander (Brother) of the Order of St John in 2004.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 53531". The London Gazette (5th supplement). 30 December 1993. p. 45.
  2. ^ "No. 57391". The London Gazette (5th supplement). 24 August 1994. p. 10694.