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Nicholas "Nicky" F. Oppenheimer (born 8 June 1945) is a billionaire South African businessman, the chairman of the De Beers diamond mining company and its subsidiary, the Diamond Trading Company. He also has a large financial interest in the gold mining company Anglo American. June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... De Beers was founded in South Africa in 1888 and today comprises rough diamond exploration, mining and trading companies. ... This article is about the gemstone. ... The Diamond Trading Company (DTC) is a London-based subsidiary of the De Beers Group, specializing in the sale and marketing of rough (uncut) diamonds. ... Gold mining consists of the processes and techniques employed in the removal of gold from the ground. ... Anglo American plc (LSE: AAL) is a world-wide group of companies, originally founded in South Africa as a mining enterprise but now extending into other areas. ...

He is the son of Harry Oppenheimer and grandson of Ernest Oppenheimer, the first generation of the family to chair (from 1929) the De Beers diamond mining company in South Africa, founded by Cecil John Rhodes in 1888. Harry Frederick Oppenheimer (28 October 1908 – 19 August 2000), was a prominent South African businessman and one of the worlds richest men. ... Sir Ernest Oppenheimer (22 May 1880, born in Pietersbeg, South Africa), was a diamond, gold mining and financial entrepreneur, and founder of the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa. ... De Beers was founded in South Africa in 1888 and today comprises rough diamond exploration, mining and trading companies. ... Cecil Rhodes Cecil John Rhodes (July 5, 1853 – March 26, 1902[1]) was a British-born South African businessman, mining magnate, and a politician. ...

He was educated in England at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford where he read a MA in PPE. Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... It has been suggested that Houses of Harrow School be merged into this article or section. ... College name Christ Church Named after Jesus Christ Established 1546 Sister College Trinity College Dean The Very Revd Christopher Andrew Lewis JCR President William Dorsey Undergraduates 426 MCR or GCR President {{{MCR President}}} Graduates 154 Home page Boat Club Christ Church (Latin: Ædes Christi, the temple or house of Christ... The University of Oxford (usually abbreviated as Oxon. ... The degree of Master of Arts degree is an undergraduate degree awarded by the universities of Oxford and Cambridge as well as by the University of Dublin. ... Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) is a popular interdisciplinary degree which combines study from the three eponymous disciplines. ...

Forbes "World's Richest People" List of billionaires (2005) estimated his net worth at US$6.0 billion in 2005. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... What follows is the list of billionaires, in US dollars, worldwide for 2005 by Forbes, not including heads of state whose wealth is tied to their position (see list of heads of government and state by net worth). ... Net worth (sometimes net assets) is the total assets minus total liabilities of an individual or company. ...

In 1968 he married Orcillia "Strilli" Lasch, daughter of industrial tycoon Helli Lasch and Orcillia Lasch, Sen.. His son Jonathan Oppenheimer and nephew Taylor Plant are expected to succeed him in the company.

He lives in Johannesburg on the Brenthurst Gardens estate and has a country estate in England, Waltham Place (with gardens open to the public and an associated organic Farm), at White Waltham in Berkshire. As another sign of his luxury, he recently bought an Agusta Westland helicopter. City motto: Unity in Development Province Gauteng Mayor Amos Masondo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... White Waltham is a village in Berkshire, two miles west of Maidenhead. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


  • Luke Over, Nicky Oppenheimer, and Chris Tyrell (Illustrator) - Waltham Place: and its Surrounding Parish (2001) ISBN 0-9541669-0-6

See also

Forbes magazine annually lists the worlds wealthiest individuals: The Worlds Billionaries. ...

External links

  • Biography from De Beers
  • Oppenheimer's Waltham Place Gardens and Farm
  • Interview in The Guardian, 2005
  • Profile in The Economist, 2003
  • Forbes.com: Forbes World's Richest People

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www.miningmx.com | radio It was an emotional decision - Nicky Oppenheimer, E. Oppenheimer & Son (252 words)
Ernest Oppenheimer, Nicky's grandfather, was the founder of Anglo American in the nineteenth century.
Oppenheimer said the sale was to provide for the family generations henceforth which required diversity.
The Oppenheimers were confident in the future of Anglo American which recently appointed a new CEO in Cynthia Carroll, an American currently working for aluminium producer, Alcan.
Interview: Nicky Oppenheimer, chairman of De Beers | | Guardian Unlimited Business (1624 words)
Nicky Oppenheimer, chairman of the diamond group, believes the whole aid and debt cancellation mission of Bob Geldof and Tony Blair is misguided if not detrimental to the future of that continent.
Oppenheimer might, at first glance, seem to be another loud-mouthed member of the global business community who knows the answer to everything, but this is not his style at all.
Oppenheimer may be a smart businessman who likes to fly his own helicopter, but he is essentially a down-to-earth type with none of the cultural pretensions that can come with such a position.
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