‘Against the Odds’ with Peace Hyde: Interview with Wendy Appelbaum, Business Woman and Philanthropist

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“Wendy Appelbaum is the only daughter of South African tycoon Donald Gordon. She previously served as a director at Liberty Investors, an insurance and real estate firm her father founded, and was one of the company’s largest individual shareholders. She went on to sell her shares and became cash rich. Along with her husband, she purchased DeMorgenzon, a wine estate in Stellenbosch. She was also a co-founder and Deputy Chairman of Women’s Investment Portfolio Limited (Wiphold), an investment company entirely controlled by women. Wiphold has over $150 million in assets. Appelbaum is also one of Africa’s most active philanthropists and has donated over $23 million to fund the creation of the Gordon Institute of Business Science and the Donald Gordon Medical Centre. She is the chair of the South African Women’s Professional Golfers’ Association.”

“From standing up to her business magnate father in the boardroom over issues of gender disparity, Wendy Appelbaum has always been a fierce advocate for women empowerment and ensuring that women achieve their rightful place in the corporate world. The journey has not always been easy but through it all, Wendy maintains her unflinching optimism for a day when women stand as the giants Against the Odds.” – Forbes Africa

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