Nicky Oppenheimer

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"Nicky Oppenheimer is Chairman of the De Beers Group and as such Chairman of De Beers sa, De Beers Consolidated Mines and De Beers Centenary AG. He is also a non-executive director of Anglo American plc.

"He was educated at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

"He joined the Anglo American Corporation in 1968 as the Personal Assistant to the Chairman, and worked subsequently in the Gold and Diamond Divisions of the Corporation. He spent eighteen months in the London office of De Beers before returning to Johannesburg in 1975 to join the Gold Division.

"He was appointed a director of Anglo American Corporation in 1974 and a director of De Beers in 1978. In 1981 he was appointed a member of the Executive Committee of the board of Anglo American Corporation and became Deputy Chairman in 1983. He subsequently resigned as Deputy Chairman in 2001 but remains a non-executive director of the Anglo American board.

"In 1984 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the then Central Selling Organisation (now Diamond Trading Company) in London and Deputy Chairman of De Beers Consolidated Mines in 1985. He was appointed Chairman of the Diamond Trading Company in 1985.

"In 1990 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the newly formed Swiss based company, De Beers Centenary AG. Nicky Oppenheimer became Chairman of the De Beers Group on 1 January 1998...

"DBCM Holdings (Pty) Limited (Chairman), Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Ltd, Anglo American plc, Centhold International Limited, DB Investments (Chairman), De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd (Chairman), Debswana Diamond Co (Pty) Ltd, The Diamond Trading Co Ltd (UK), E Oppenheimer & Son Group Holdings Ltd (Joint Chair), Namdeb Diamond Corporation (Pty) Ltd (Chairman)." [1]

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  1. Nicky Oppenheimer, debeersgroup, accessed November 27, 2011.
  2. 2007 Annual Report, Namdeb Diamond, accessed May 2, 2009.
  3. Trustees, Nelson Mandela Children's Foundation, accessed March 11, 2010.