Anton Rupert: A Biography
Willie Esterhuyse; Ebbe DommisseThe remarkable life story of South African tycoon and philanthropist Dr Anton Rupert, told for the first time in full. The authors were granted unprecedented access to Rupert's friends, family and business partners, to write the untold story behind this deeply private man. It is the story of small town boy who grew up during the Depression, struggled to find enough money to study science, and then made good as a businessman, spectacularly so, reaching Forbes' list of the 500 wealthiest people worldwide. His Rembrandt group of companies became a highly successful conglomerate with interests across the globe, owning brands like Cartier, Mont Blanc, Van Cleef & Arpels and Dunhill. Within decades, a family dynasty was built up, making the Ruperts, next to the Oppenheimers, one of the richest families in Africa. Anton Rupert was as one of the earliest proponents of co-habitation in justice, and he put his passion – as well as vast funding resources – into community development when apartheid was still at its height. He has supported art, music, small business development and flying doctors, and one of his most ambitious projects – Transfrontier Parks – are becoming a reality, making international news.