Oppenheimer Family

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Oppenheimer Family

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[Source - Chloe Rushovich for FHYA, 2017, using the SA History Online website and the De Beers Group website: The Oppenheimer family rose to prominence in the early 1900s when Ernest Oppenheimer founded the Anglo American Corporation to develop gold mining in South Africa. The Anglo American Corporation then became a major shareholder in De Beers. Ernest Oppenheimer was elected chairman of De Beers in 1929. Ernest's son, Harry Oppenheimer, joined the De Beers board in 1934, and succeeded his father as chairman following his death in 1957. In 1998 Nicky Oppenheimer succeeded his father Harry. Harry died in 2000. In 2012 the family's personal stake in De Beers was sold to Anglo American.]


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