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Anton Edward Rupert was one of the great entrepreneurs of South Africa. He dropped out of university due to a lack of funds and started a dry cleaning business. His extraordinary marketing eye soon caused him to change his career and with a loan of £10 he began producing cigarettes in his garage.
This venture grew into one of the biggest luxury and branded goods conglomerates in the world.
Johann Rupert is continuing the tradition created by his father in business, conservation and philanthropy. He started his career as a banker, working in New York for Chase Manhattan and Lazard Freres. Back home he headed the international arm of Rand Merchant
Upon joining the Rembrandt Group, he began to diversify from the group’s base in alcohol and tobacco by forming Compagnie Financière Richemont in Switzerland, the umbrella of brands like Alfred Dunhill, Cartier, Montblanc, to name a few. Today, the Rupert conglomerates Remgro and Richemont of which Johann Rupert is chairman and CEO respectively, have annual sales of over $10 billion.
Perhaps the closest emulator of his father is George Walker Bush. He followed in his father George Herbert Walker Bush’s footsteps by becoming a ﬁghter pilot, going to Yale, becoming president of the United States and going to war with Iraq.
Zuma's concern to strengthen the anti-smoking legislation hit at the heart of Afrikaner capital. For decades there has been a close relationship between the tobacco industry and the Afrikaner nationalist government. Tobacco giant Anton Rupert had provided massive financial and political support to the National Party, and in exchange there has been almost no control over the tobacco industry until 1993. Under the old dispensation, taxes and cigarette prices had fallen, and cigarette consumption had risen steadily for three decades. ... The conflict with tobacco barons heated up when word went out that Zuma was planning to ban cigarette advertising altogether. In response, Rupert took out a full-page advertisement in the largest circulation Sunday newspaper criticizing the minister.