The former chairman of Sunderland Football club has been knighted in the Queens Birthday Honours list.
Bob Murray is credited with saving the side from bankruptcy in the 1980s and has also been heavily involved in setting up the City Academy schools.
He receives his knighthood for services to football and education.
Others to be honoured across Wearside, Teesside and County Durham include a psychiatric nurse and a school head teacher.
Mr Murray, the son of a Consett steelworker, joined Sunderland as a director and minor shareholder in 1984 before rescuing the club from insolvency in 1986.
He went on to become Sunderland's longest-serving chairman during which time Roker Park was replaced as the club's home by the Stadium of Light.
He said: "I feel incredibly proud and am overwhelmed to receive such an enormous honour.
"I see this award as being not just for me personally but for my family, friends and many business colleagues I have worked with and who have supported me and helped me achieve my ambitions in life."
Angel Darnell, the head teacher of Egglescliffe School in Stockton-on-Tees, is appointed OBE for services to education.
Malcolm Allen, a psychiatric nurse and ward manager at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, becomes an MBE.
Peter Beaty, a 78-year-old fundraiser from Newton Aycliffe, is appointed MBE for services to the community.
Over the years, he has raised money for organisations including Darlington Memorial Hospital, Greenfield School and Help The Aged.