Nicky Oppenheimer

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Nicky Oppenheimer
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Born (1945-06-08) 8 June 1945 (age 68)
South Africa
Residence South Africa, United Kingdom, United States
Occupation Businessman
Net worth IncreaseUS$ 6.5 billion(March 2013)[1]
Religion Anglican
Spouse(s) Orcillia Lasch
Children Jonathan Oppenheimer
Parents Harry Oppenheimer
Bridget McCall

Nicholas "Nicky" F. Oppenheimer (born 8 June 1945) is a South African businessman, the chairman of the De Beers diamond mining company and its subsidiary, the Diamond Trading Company. He also has a large financial interest in the diversified mining company Anglo American. In 1999 he joined forces with two of his friends to form Greene and Partners Investments, a venture capital firm which has funded a diversity of projects within South Africa and around Africa. In November 2011 the Oppenheimer family sold the entirety of their 40% stake in De Beers to Anglo American.[2] He and his family control the Tswalu game reserve in the Kalahari,[3] set up by his friend Stephen Boler.

Early life[edit]

Nicholas is the son of Bridget (née McCall) and Harry Oppenheimer,[4] and grandson of Ernest Oppenheimer, the first generation of the family to chair (from 1929) the De Beers diamond mining company in South Africa, founded by Cecil John Rhodes in 1888. He is of German Jewish descent on his father's side. He was educated in England at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford where he graduated with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and later took the Oxford MA.


He was criticised amidst public attention in the West after the film Blood Diamond.

He commented in 2005 that the Live8 concert was misguided, and that Africa is suffering from "donation fatigue" and that it was in Africa's interest for those with the resources to instead invest in income generating projects rather than just donate money. This is the principle upon which his investment company Greene and Partners was formed.[5] He is the only private person granted permission by the City of London to commute within the one square mile of the city by helicopter.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1968, he married Orcillia "Strilli" Lasch, daughter of industrial tycoon Helli Lasch. He lives mainly in Johannesburg on the Brenthurst Gardens estate. He and his wife are Anglican.[7]


  • Luke Over, Nicky Oppenheimer, and Chris Tyrrell (Illustrator) - Waltham Place: and its Surrounding Parish (2001) ISBN 0-9541669-0-6

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Preceded by
Harry Frederick Oppenheimer
Chairman of De Beers Consolidated Mines
circa 1983-Present
Succeeded by