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Nov 18, 2005

Arne Frandsen

© Reuse this Full name: Arne Hojriis Frandsen

Position: CEO, Incwala Resources, since July 2005

Main activity of the company: Mining

Date and place of birth: December 22, 1966, Denmark

Education: BA, LLB, LLM, University of Copenhagen; three years at Stellenbosch and Tokai, Japan, as postgraduate research student (writing my book, etc), 1986–1993

First job: Delivering Sunday newspapers

Size of first pay packet: R40 a month

First job with present group: CEO

Career history prior to current position: Goldman Sachs, 1993–97; JPMorgan Chase, 1997–2005

Value of assets under your control: R5-billion

Number of people under your leadership: Lean, mean holding company

Management style: Inspirational, leading the team effort from the front

Personal best achievement: Persuading my wife to marry me

Professional best achievement: A 12-year track record of value-creating transactions

Person who has had the biggest influence on your life: My wife

Person who has had the biggest influence on your career: Lord Renwick of Clifton

Person whom you would most like to meet: Any person who follows his or her passion and lives his or her dreams

Businessperson who has impressed you most: Graham Mackay

Philosophy of life: Whatever you do, take pride

Biggest ever opportunity: To have been given the chance to study on three different continents – Denmark, South Africa and Japan

Biggest ever disappointment: I do not dwell on disappointments; it creates negative and unconstructive energy

Hope for the future: To remain healthy

Favourite reading: Biographies, currently reading one on Oliver Tambo, Beyond the Engeni Mountains

Favourite TV programme: I do not watch TV

Favourite food/drink: Waterblommetjie bredie with a solid red wine

Favourite music: Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

Favourite sport: Cricket

Favourite website:

Hobbies: Creative pursuits, from making food to playing football or cricket

Car: Wrangler Jeep

Pets: West Highland Terrier, Tintin

Miscellaneous dislikes: Lack of integrity, injustice

Favourite other South African company: SABMiller

Favourite foreign company: BHP Billiton

Married: Fransie, South African art psychotherapist and fine artist

Children: None

Clubs: Don’t believe in clubs – they either keep people out or lock them in

Edited by: Martin Creamer
Creamer Media Editor
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