Ernest Oppenheimer

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fiamond, gold mining and financial entrepreneur, and founder of the Anglo-American Corporation of South Africa.

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22 May 1880
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Friedberg, Germany

Lives of Courage

Ernest Oppenheimer was born on 22 May 1880 in Friedberg, Germany. He was the son of Edward Oppenheimer, a cigar merchant. Oppenheimer began his working life at 17, when he entered Dunkelsbuhler & Company, a diamond brokerage in London. His efforts impressed his employer and in 1902, at the age of 22, he was sent to South Africa to represent the company as a buyer in Kimberley.

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Last updated : 17-Feb-2011

This article was produced for South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011