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Jonathan Oppenheimer

Jonathan Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer Generations

Member of The Brenthurst Foundation's Advisory Board

South AfricaSouth Africa


Jonathan Oppenheimer is a South African businessman and philanthropist. He began his career at NM Rothschild & Sons, before moving to Anglo American and subsequently De Beers, where he held a number of senior management roles over two decades.

In 2004 Jonathan was instrumental in the formation of the Brenthurst Foundation, a Johannesburg-based think-tank which examines ways to drive Africa's sustainable growth. Today, the Foundation is at the frontier of new ideas and innovative actions for strengthening Africa's economic performance, and as a member of their International Advisory Board, Jonathan plays a key role in its continued success.

As Executive Chairman of Oppenheimer Generations, Jonathan is actively involved in all other aspects of his family's private, commercial and thought leadership activities, including:

  • Oppenheimer Partners, a global investment group with a focus on building a long-term portfolio of businesses by deploying permanent capital, building on the Oppenheimer family's legacy and commitment towards making a meaningful and positive impact on society.
  • Through Tswalu Kalahari, Fireblade Aviation, and a joint venture with South African Michelin-starred chef Jan Hendrik — providing world-class services to clients and strengthening South Africa's image globally.
  • The Oppenheimer Generation Foundation, a philanthropic initiative focused on generating positive impact by unlocking catalytic grants in underfunded areas.

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