| Anton Rupert |
Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, South Africa
|Died||2006-01-18 (Age 89)|
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
|Alma mater||University of Pretoria|
|Founder of||The 1001 Club|
|Member of||Le Cercle|
Anthony Edward Rupert (or Anton Rupert) was a South African billionaire businessman with deep state connections. He was a co-founder of the WWF and probably the primary founder of the 1001 Club. Together with co-1001 Club member Harry Oppenheimer, of Anglo-American and De Beers, by far the most powerful businessman in South Africa for the second half of the 20th century.
With an initial investment of £10 and two fellow investors, he started manufacturing cigarettes in his garage, which he eventually built into the tobacco and industrial conglomerate Rembrandt Group, overseeing its transition to the industrial and luxury branded goods sectors.
He attended Le Cercle.