Henry Strakosch

Sir Henry Strakosch (May 9, 1871 – October 30, 1943) was an Austrian banker and businessman. His parents were the merchant Edward Strakosch and his wife Mathilde, (née Winters). He worked for the Anglo-Austrian Bank of South Africa in the 1890s. He was chairman of the South African goldminers, Union Corporation from 1924. Strakosch became a naturalized British citizen in 1907. He served as a financial adviser to the South African government, and was the author of the 1920 South African Currency and Banking Act. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Indian Currency and Finance during 1925 and 1926. He later served on the Council of India between 1930 and 1937, served as a delegate for India at the Imperial Economic Conference in 1932, and acted as adviser to the Secretary of State for India between 1937 and 1942. In his capacity as advisor to the South African government in financial matters he was the author of the South African Currency and Banking Act. He was chairman of The Economist between 1929 and 1943.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 9th, 1871
Date of death
October 30th, 1943 at age of 72
Place of death
London, United Kingdom


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