BILLIONAIRE Ivor Ichikowitz is a South African-born industrialist, social entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He began his career during South Africa’s political transition in the early 1990s, working to support Nelson Mandela’s programme of democratisation, national reconciliation, economic and industrial normalisation and integration into the African Continent and the global economy.
For more than two decades he has built a number of successful businesses on four continents in oil and gas, aviation, mining, agriculture, retail, tourism, ICT, aerospace and defence manufacturing; and via his family foundation he has invested substantially in environmental and wildlife conservation, education initiatives, responsible citizenship, and charitable activities.
In keeping with his diversified business empire, Ichikowitz has a portfolio of mining interests, prospecting for concessions in Tantalite, Cassiterite (tin), Wolframite, Gold, Tungsten, Niobium, Phosphate and Graphite, processing and trading. Hand in glove with this, is his interest in renewable energy and mid-stream oil, sourcing and supplying large volumes of crude and refined petroleum in selected African sites, including being Malawi’s largest private petroleum importer, while in Kenya, Ichikowitz has invested in an ethanol plant that produces both biofuel and the highest quality potable alcohol and industrial ethanol, which can be used in beverage, medical and industrial applications. In Gabon, his green economy project has funded renewable energy projects to sustain his other indigenous corporate interests.