Gordon Schachat

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Gordon Schachat
Born (1952-01-25) 25 January 1952 (age 65)
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Occupation Businessman
Known for Gordon Schachat collection, ABIL
Spouse(s) Jani Allan (1982-1984)
Pamela Schachat (present)
Children 3

Gordon Schachat (born 25 January 1952) is a South African businessman and art collector.

Personal life[edit]

In 1973 Schachat met his first wife at university, the former Sunday Times columnist Jani Allan and married her in Mauritius in 1982.[1] The marriage ended in 1984, with Allan blaming the collapse on her "obsession" with her burgeoning media career.[2] In 1992 Schachat supported Allan's testimony in the libel suit she brought against the British broadcaster Channel 4.[1] He later remarried and had three children with his wife Pamela.[3] In 2015 Allan wrote about the marriage in her best-selling memoir, Jani Confidential and credited Schachat's belief in her as a factor in her ascension in South African media. Allan detailed the collapse of the marriage: "Gordon had to live through the weekly angst about the column. It was like re-inventing the wheel every week. My validity as a partner hinged – or so I thought – on my success as a columnist. The column was the all-consuming Moloch. When it had been put to bed, there was nothing left of me."[4]


In 2009, Schachat was ranked the 50th wealthiest person in South Africa in the Sunday Times Rich List.[5]

Schachat has held a number of directorships during his business career. Schachat's early business background was in housing development, serving nine years with the Schachat housing group, Schachat Cullum. The housing group bought most of Ernst Erikson's sprawling Norscot estate in Witkoppen and divided it to create homes. Schachat's former wife described the profile of Schachat Cullum clients: Buying a Schachat Cullum house mean that you were probably professional, probably white, and this was your first time as a home-buyer.[4]

Since the 1980s he spent 13 years in private equity and investment banking. This was followed by the establishment of Boabab Solid Growth Ltd, a precursor to the 1998 establishment of African Bank Investments Limited, which Schachat is an original founder and architect of. Schachat currently serves as a director of the company as well as the Executive Deputy Chair.[6][7]

In 2007 Abil's R10.6 billion all-share offer for Ellerines funrniture giant was approved.[8]

Abil is listed on the JSE[9] and is South Africa's biggest mass-market lender and recently issued a $54.81 million (550 million rand) senior unsecured bond.[10]

Art collection[edit]

The Gordon Schachat collection was premiered at the 2009 Joburg Art Fair. The collection hosted the most prominent piece of the festival Security by Jane Alexander and Tumela Mosaka.[11] Schachat's private art collection includes works by Robin Rhode. He displayed works by Rhode in the 2008 Joburg Art Fair.[12]

Schachat's collection also includes works by the South African painter Alexis Preller. He is currently sponsoring a forthcoming book by art historian Esme Berman on Preller.[13]


  1. ^ a b [1] The Independent. 28 July 1992
  2. ^ The Return of Jani Allan Mail & Guardian. 4 October 2013
  3. ^ [2] Who's Who
  4. ^ a b I get married and become a columnist (extract) janiallan.com. Retrieved on 8 August 2016
  5. ^ Sunday Times Rich List Archived 23 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Sunday Times (South Africa). 1 November 2009
  6. ^ [3] African Bank Investments Limited
  7. ^ [4] Fin 24. 14 November 2006
  8. ^ [5] Fin 24. 4 December 2007
  9. ^ [6] Share Net.
  10. ^ [7] Reuters. 17 February 2009
  11. ^ [8] Mail & Guardian. 3 March 2009
  12. ^ [9] Sowetan. 14 February 2008
  13. ^ [10] South African Art Times. 7 April 2009