This Day In History


Death of Harry Oppenheimer

Saturday, 19 August 2000
South Africa's most successful businessman, Harry Oppenheimer, died after a short illness at the age of 91. Oppenheimer was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Johannesburg Hospital with abdominal pains and a severe headache. During his career he had been chairman of both the Anglo-American Corporation and De Beers Consolidated Mines for more than 25 and 27 years respectively. Apart from business enterprises, Oppenheimer played a crucial role in politics and openly opposed apart..
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