Johann Rupert is a South African businessman and philanthropist. He is the chairman of the Swiss-based luxury-goods company Richemont and the South African holding company Remgro. With an estimated net worth of $7.4 billion, he is the second-richest person in South Africa, and the 72nd-richest person in the world.
Born in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 4 June 1950, Johann Rupert is the son of Anton Rupert, a businessman and philanthropist, and his wife Huberte. He has three brothers: Anton, Hubert, and Johann Jr. He was educated at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch and the University of Stellenbosch, where he studied economics and company law.
After his studies, Rupert joined the family business, Rembrandt Group Limited (now Remgro Limited), where he worked in various roles including as a director and CEO. In 1988, he founded Richemont and served as its CEO until March 2002. He then became chairman of the company.
Under Rupert’s leadership, Richemont has become a leading player in the global luxury goods industry, with brands including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Montblanc, Piaget, Baume & Mercier, and Jaeger-LeCoultre. The company has a presence in over 150 countries and employs over 40,000 people.
In addition to his business interests, Rupert is a committed philanthropist. He is the founder of the Anton Rupert Foundation, which supports education, health, conservation, and social development initiatives in South Africa. He is also a trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and a member of The Giving Pledge, an initiative launched by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates that encourages wealthy individuals to commit to giving away at least half of their fortune to charitable causes.
Johann Rupert is married to Anneline Kriel, a former Miss World. They have three children: Anton, Hanneli, and Caroline.
5.5 billion USD
Date Of Birth
June 1, 1950
South African, German
Caroline Rupert, Hanneli Rupert, Anton Rupert Jr.
Anton Rupert, Gunnar Riemelt, Judith Riemelt
Anthonij Rupert, Hanneli Rupert, Lukas Riemelt
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