Eyes in the sky


January 2016

Ivor Ichikowitz, the Founder and Chairman of Paramount Group and the Ichikowitz Family Foundation was named as one of Africa’s 100 most influential people by New African, the world’s largest pan-African magazine.

Listed as one of the most influential Africans in business and economics, New African describe Ivor as an ‘industrialist with grand ambitions, a vocal promoter of engineering and pioneering technology.’ Other business leaders who made it on the list include Elon Musk, Aliko Dangote and Mo Ibrahim.

According to New African, ‘Ichikowitz has built his Paramount Group into an African defence and security giant.’ The Group is responsible for the development of leading technologies and solutions designed to protect democracies, and support the creation of stability and sustainable economic growth for governments around the world.

Ivor founded the Ichikowitz Family Foundation that focuses on educational, heritage and conservation programmes. Commenting on his charitable initiatives New African said: “Ichikowitz commissioned a film series about the history of the global fight against apartheid in South Africa.”

Growing up in Africa has driven Ivor’s passion for democracy and his desire to help developing nations reach the stability needed to grow and prosper.

Over the last two decades he has been an active investor, employer and industrialist building successful businesses across oil and gas, defence and aerospace manufacturing, aviation, property, retail, tourism, mining, agriculture and sustainable development.

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