BA LLB D.Comm (h.c.) Stellenbosch Univeristy, D.Tech: Marketing,
Cape Peninsula University of Technology; D.Comm (Bus.Management) (h.c.) Nkhoma University, Malawi
Christo Wiese is chairperson of Pepkor Holdings (Pty) Limited and Shoprite Holdings Limited, respectively Africa’s largest clothing and food retailers with a total portfolio of approximately 6,000 stores in 24 countries and employing more than 150,000 people.
Dr Wiese is a significant shareholder in a range of businesses throughout the world. Dr Wiese is the largest shareholder in Steinhoff International Holdings Limited (which recently acquired the Pepkor Group) and also holds large and controlling stakes in Brait SE (an investment holding company), Tradehold Ltd (UK based property investment company) and Invicta Holdings Ltd, all listed on the JSE. Dr Wiese has served on the boards of many listed companies over the years and is a past director of the SA Reserve Bank and former chairman of the Industrial Development Corporation of SA Ltd.
During 2015, Dr Wiese was awarded lifetime achievement honours at the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies awards and the All Africa Business Leaders Awards as well as being inducted into the World Retail Hall of Fame.
Dr Wiese owns Lourensford Wine Estate, a producer of internationally acclaimed wines, and is owner of a large game reserve in the Kalahari.