Adrian Gore has been at the helm of Discovery for 26 years, one of the longest tenures for the CEO of a JSE-listed company. He started Discovery at the age of 28 and has no plans to hang up his hat any time soon as the company continues its ambitious growth trajectory. Gore, who with Barry Swartzberg founded the company in 1992 after leaving Donald Gordon's Liberty Life, said he would leave only when his presence no longer benefited the company. "I've been here a long time. I feel I've still got a long run, but factually if I don't add value, it's time to go. I've actually been pretty good in that ... I personally don't have a need to control things I don't add value to," said Gore. Sitting in his office in Africa's richest square mile, a day after his results presentation, Gore looked energetic, his easy-going tone belying decades of hard work, tenacity and a disruptive, innovative business style that has set trends in the health-care industry. Since its start as a small, specialis...

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