A former Nedbank chair who spends time packing avocados, a powerhouse couple, SA's health insurance king and a serial entrepreneur who compares start-ups to hook-ups - this year's Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards packed a punch in attracting the who's who of business. We were gathered at the Empire venue in Parktown, Joburg, on a brisk Thursday evening for the annual knees-up, which this year was sponsored by info and comms technology company BCX. Arriving on the terrace of the building, which also houses this newspaper, I spot Moeletsi Mbeki, that outspoken political economist and younger broer of former Prez Thabo, chatting to Growthpoint Properties' Mzolisi Diliza. In walks that Randela-sussed couple: Absa CEO Maria Ramos and her beau Trevor Manuel, who can lay claim to be our longest-running finance minister. Then it's hello to Goldman Sachs SA MD Colin Coleman and his partner Nerina Labuschagne, who introduce me to Discovery's Adrian Gore, who has brought along his whole b...

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