Julian Ogilvie Thompson Businessperson

Julian Ogilvie Thompson (born 1934 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African businessman and former chairman of De Beers and Anglo American mining. Ogilvie Thompson was educated at Diocesan College in Cape Town and the University of Oxford. In 1957, he became personal assistant to Harry Oppenheimer and joined the Anglo American finance division in 1961. He went on to manage and head this division and also joined the De Beers board in 1966. Ogilvie Thompson was appointed an executive director of Anglo American in 1971 and succeeded Harry Oppenheimer as chairman of Minorco in 1982 and as chairman of De Beers in 1985. He succeeded Gavin Relly as chairman of Anglo American in 1990 and retired as chairman of De Beers in 1997 to become a non-executive deputy chairman. After leading the 1999 merger of Anglo American and Minorco, Ogilvie Thompson became its chairman and CEO. He was succeeded by Tony Trahar in 2000 but continued as a non-executive chairman. He also resigned as deputy chairman of De Beers in 2002, but continued to be a non-executive director. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.

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South Africa


1. University of Oxford Colleges/University

The University of Oxford (informally Oxford University or Oxford) is a university located in Oxford, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest surviving university in the world and the oldest in the English-speaking world. Although its exact date of foundation is unclear, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096. The University grew rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. In post-nominals the University of Oxford was historically abbreviated as Oxon., from the Latin Universitas Oxoniensis, although Oxf is now used in official university publications.

Type University
2012. 855 mil. £
2011. 850 mil. £
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Wellington Square, OX1 2JD - Oxford, Oxfordshire
2012. 11,832
2012. 9,857
Acceptance rate
2012. 20.5 %
2011. 18.37 %
2010. 18.4 %
2009. 20.9 %
Official web page www.ox.ac.uk
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b. 1935., Businessperson
b. 1971., Businessperson
b. 1945., Businessperson
b. 1940., Businessperson
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b. 1904., Businessperson
b. 1962., Businessperson
b. 1902., Businessperson

2. Diocesan College School

The Diocesan College, or Bishops as it is more commonly known, is an independent, all-boys school situated in the suburb of Rondebosch in Cape Town, South Africa. It consists of three schools: the College for grades 8 – 12 and post matric (an optional year following grade 12 which covers the A-levels); the Preparatory School for grades 3 – 7 and the Pre-Preparatory School for Pre-Kindergarten – Grade0-2.

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Campground Road, 7700 - Rondebosch, Cape Town
Official web page www.bishops.org.za
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b. 1868., Athlete
b. 1973., Astronaut
b. 1974., Cricket Bowler
b. 1877., Athlete
b. 1927., Composer
b. 1873., Athlete
b. 1976., Athlete
b. 1949., Professor


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