Profile: Hendrik Jordaan
GREAT ideas are often born by chance. It’s certainly true of One Thousand & One Voices (1K1V), a unique investment fund focused on Africa.1K1V’s genesis took place after just one meeting between Hendrik Jordaan and John Coors of US beer brewing family fame. “It took just two minutes to become crystal clear to me that we had to bring wealthy families together to be transformational in Africa.”Jordaan, who was born in Klerksdorp, set about the task in 2013, establishing 1K1V, which he heads as president and CE. At his disposal was experience gained over 16 years in corporate law in the US, where he had been global chairman of the private equity and buyouts practice of Morrison & Foerster, one of the world’s largest law firms.Jordaan mustered the support of 30 of the world’s wealthiest families, raising US$300m to start 1K1V. “They all have great family businesses that share our values,” he says. “They are proud of doing business the right way and believe they can do more together than...
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