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Patrice Motsepe


Patrice Motsepe

Nationality: South African

Year of birth: 1962

Dr Motsepe has been a member of the Board of directors since 2004. He is a non-executive director and is a member of the Nominations and Human Resources committees. He is an expert in governance, law, compliance, as well as general and international business.

Dr Motsepe is the founder and Executive Chairman of African Rainbow Minerals (ARM). He is also the founder and Chairman of Ubuntu-Botho Investments, African Rainbow Capital (ARC), African Rainbow Energy and Power (AREP) and is the Chairman of Harmony.

Dr Motsepe was a partner in one of the largest law firms in South Africa, Bowman Gilfillan Inc. He was a visiting attorney in the USA with the law firm McGuire Woods Battle and Boothe.

In 2002, Dr Motsepe was voted South Africa’s Business Leader of the Year by the chief executive officers of the top 100 companies in South Africa. In the same year, he was the winner of the Ernst & Young Best Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Dr Motsepe is a member of the International Business Council (IBC) of the World Economic Forum, which is made up of 100 of the most highly respected and influential chief executives from all industries. He is also a member of the Harvard Global Advisory Council and the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).

Dr Motsepe is a recipient of numerous other business and leadership awards and recognitions including:

  • World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow, 1999;
  • Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut, MS Louw Award for Exceptional Business Achievement, 2003;
  • South African Jewish Report, Special Board Members Award for Outstanding Achievement, 2004;
  • African Business Roundtable, USA, Entrepreneur and Freedom of Trade Award, 2009;
  • McGuire Woods Outstanding Alumnus Awards, 2009;
  • BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Business Council, Outstanding Leadership Award, 2014;
  • Harvard University Veritas Award for Excellence in Global Business and Philanthropy, 2014;
  • Forbes Magazine, “100 Greatest Living Business Minds”, 2017; and
  • Sunday Times Lifetime Achiever Award, 2017.

In January 2013, Dr Motsepe and his wife, Precious, joined the Giving Pledge, which was started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates. Dr Motsepe committed to give half of the wealth of the Motsepe family to benefit the poor and to be used for other philanthropic purposes both during and after the lifetimes of himself and his wife.

Dr Motsepe has the following qualifications: BA (Legal) (UNISWA), LLB (Wits), Doctorate of Commerce (Honoris Causa) (Wits), Doctor of Management and Commerce (Honorius Causa) (Fort Hare).

Patrice Motsepe 



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