Time magazine has a long-standing tradition of identifying one person who has had a profound influence on the world during the year, and naming them "Person of the Year". The intention is to identify the most influential newsmaker of the year, and despots, dictators and dissidents have as much chance of influencing the news as celebrities, charlatans and political crusaders. Consequently, Time's wall of fame gives as much prominence to Selassie, Mandela and Merkel as it does to Nixon, Bush and Stalin. The South African corporate landscape does not confer "Person of the Year" on anyone. If it did, the likes of Markus Jooste and Tshifhiwa Matodzi would lead the 2018 list. Jooste's destruction of the Steinhoff empire has turned out to be the greatest corporate fraud in SA. So complicated is the fraud, we still have no idea what actually happened. Equally important has been the realisation that Jooste was only able to pull it all off after he harnessed and cultivated the perfect corpora...

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