Julian Ogilvie Thompson

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Plaque unveiled by Ogilvie Thomson (De Beers Centenary Art Gallery, University of Fort Hare)

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.

His father, N. Ogilvie Thompson was a judge of Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa.[1][2]

Ogilvie Thompson was educated at Diocesan College in Cape Town and the University of Oxford. In 1956, he married Hon. Tessa Mary Brand, granddaughter of Thomas Brand, 3rd Viscount Hampden. 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 as an executive director of Anglo American in 1971 and as a vice chairman of Barclays National Bank, former First National Bank, in 1977. Then he 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.


  1. ^ The Peerage N. Ogilvie Thompson BP2003 volume 1, page 1017. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  2. ^ SCA Former Chief Justices of the Appellate Division "1971 - 1974 : N Ogilvie Thompson", Updated: 22 May 2015

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