Category:South African investors
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- ► South African venture capitalists (1 P)
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1. Roelof Botha – Roelof F. Botha is a venture capitalist and company director. By training, he is a qualified actuary, Botha is a partner at Sequoia Capital and currently sits on the boards of Jawbone, Eventbrite, Evernote, Mahalo, Natera, Nimbula, Square, Tokbox, Tumblr, Weebly, Unity, Whisper and Xoom. He also works with 10gen, AssureRX, FutureAdvisor, Instagram, Mixpanel and he previously sat on the board of directors of Meebo and YouTube before they were each acquired by Google. On Forbes Midas List, a ranking of venture capital professionals, he ranked 22nd in 2008. Botha was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and at the age of six he moved to Cape Town with his parents and he was raised in Hout Bay, a suburb of Cape Town, and attended Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck. Botha earned a BSc in Actuarial Science, Economics, and Statistics from the University of Cape Town, Botha worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Co. Johannesburg, from August 1996 through June 1998, in 2000, prior to his graduation from Stanford, Botha became director of corporate development for PayPal. He moved on to vice-president of finance and was named CFO in September 2001, Botha was 28 when PayPal went public in February 2002. The company was purchased by eBay in October 2002, Botha left to join Sequoia Capital in January 2003. Bothas father, also named Roelof, is an economist and his grandfather is Roelof Frederik Pik Botha, a former South African politician who served as the countrys foreign minister in the last years of the apartheid era. His uncle is the rock musician Piet Botha
2. Ivan Glasenberg – Ivan Glasenberg is the chief executive officer of Glencore, one of the worlds largest commodity trading and mining companies. Glasenberg has or had citizenship of South Africa and Australia and he became a Swiss citizen in 2011. He is also on the boards of mining companies Xstrata plc, Glasenberg was born to a Jewish family in South Africa in January 1957. His father, Samuel Glasenberg, was a manufacturer and importer born in Lithuania. The family lived in Illovo, Gauteng, a suburb of Johannesburg, Glasenberg was an athlete, and by his early 20s was national junior champion in race walking. In his youth Glasenberg was also a friend of Mick Davis, Glasenberg graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Glasenberg was with Nexia Levitt Kirson, a firm of chartered accountants, for five years and is a Chartered Accountant and he received his MBA from the IBEAR program at University of Southern California in 1983. Glasenberg joined Glencore in 1984, working in the department in South Africa. He managed Glencores Hong Kong and Beijing offices from 1989 to 1990 and he was named CEO in 2002. In 2005, BusinessWeek referred to Glasenberg as a key figure in the commodities trading of Marc Richs company Mark Rich & Co. Rich was a commodities trader. He was charged with tax evasion and illegal deals with Iran but was pardoned by US President Bill Clinton. Glencore is the successor to Marc Rich & Co AG. In September 2011, using his own dividends, Glasenberg started buying a share of Glencore. In April 2012 it was reported that Glasenberg held more than 15 per cent of Glencores stock, placing him as the 20th richest mining billionaire, with Forbes estimating his net worth at US$7.3 billion. Glasenberg has served a director of Xstrata Plc, and as a non-executive director of Minara Resources Ltd, of Rusal Plc. Glasenberg has been a champion race-walker for both South Africa and Israel, and runs and swims daily to maintain his fitness and he is married with two children, and a resident of the village of Rüschlikon in Switzerland. Glasenberg paid 360 million SFr in taxes to Rüschlikon following Glencores flotation on the London Stock Exchange, when Glencore floated via an Initial public offering in May 2011, it was reported that Glasenberg personally earned billions
3. Elon Musk – Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor. As of March 2017, he has a net worth of $13.9 billion. In December 2016, Musk was ranked 21st on Forbes list of The Worlds Most Powerful People, Musk has stated that the goals of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. He has a brother, Kimbal, and a younger sister. His paternal grandmother was British, and he also has Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry, after his parents divorced in 1980, Musk lived mostly with his father in the suburbs of Pretoria. During his childhood he had an interest in reading and often did so for hours at a time, at age 10, he developed an interest in computing with the Commodore VIC-20. He taught himself computer programming at the age of 12, sold the code for a BASIC-based video game he created called Blastar, to a magazine called PC and Office Technology, a web version of the game is available online. Musk was severely bullied throughout his childhood, and was hospitalized when a group of boys threw him down a flight of stairs. Musk was initially educated at schools, attending the English-speaking Waterkloof House Preparatory School. Musk later graduated from Pretoria Boys High School and moved to Canada in June 1989, just before his 18th birthday, therefore, with the law change, he is considered to have always been a Canadian citizen by birth. At the age of 19, Musk was accepted into Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Musk extended his studies for one year to finish the second bachelors degree. While at the University of Pennsylvania, Musk and fellow Penn student Adeo Ressi rented a 10-bedroom fraternity house, in 2002, he became a U. S. citizen. In 1995, Musk and his brother, Kimbal, started Zip2, the company developed and marketed an Internet city guide for the newspaper publishing industry. Musk obtained contracts with The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, while at Zip2, Musk wanted to become CEO, however, none of the board members would allow it. Compaq acquired Zip2 for US$307 million in cash and US$34 million in stock options in February 1999, Musk received 7% or US$22 million from the sale. In March 1999, Musk co-founded X. com, an financial services and e-mail payment company. One year later, the merged with Confinity, which had a money transfer service called PayPal. The merged company focused on the PayPal service and was renamed PayPal in 2001, PayPals early growth was driven mainly by a viral marketing campaign where new customers were recruited when they received money through the service