Dan Gertler (born December 1973) is an Israeli businessman, the founder and President of the DGI (Dan Gertler International) Group of Companies. He has large interests in diamonds and copper mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Dan Gertler was born in December 1973. He is a grandson of Moshe Schnitzer, first President of the Israeli Diamond Exchange, who won the Israel Prize in 2004. His family was traditionally involved in cutting and merchandising diamonds. While growing up, Gertler spent as much time as he could learning about the diamond trade from his father and grandfather. As soon as he had completed his 3-year mandatory service in the Israeli Defense Forces he opened his own diamond business. Gertler founded the Dan Gertler International (DGI) group of companies in 1996. The Yedioth Aharonoth weekend supplement on 19 September 1999 asserted that in 1997 Gertler had been involved in financing a program to buy diamonds in Liberia and Sierra Leone in exchange for military training and arms deliveries. The plan fell apart due to the chaotic political changes and military events in Sierra Leone at that time.
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