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South Africa - Randlords

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  • Hendrik Wilhelm Struben (1840 - 1915)
    Harry Struben born Hendrik Wilhelm Struben aka Henry William Struben (9 October 1840 Lower Rhine, Germany - 18 October 1915 Cape Town)Hendrik Wilhelm (also known as Henry William or "Harry") Struben wa...
  • Julius Jules Porges (1839 - 1921)
    magnate. Born in Prague, settled in Paris in the 1860s and became a leading diamond merchant. Both Alfred Beit and Sir Julius Wernher worked for him and were sent by him to Kimberley. He himself arrive...
  • Sir Joseph Benjamin Robinson, b15 (1840 - 1929)
    On the discovery of gold in the Witwatersrand district in 1886, Alfred Beit financed a partnership with ₤25 000. Robinson purchased the Langlaagte and Randfontein estates, but Beit soon dissolved the p...
  • Sir Thomas Major Cullinan (1862 - 1936)
    Thomas Major CULLINAN,Sir Thomas Cullinan was born in the The Cape Colony in 1862. He settled in Barberton, before moving to Johannesburg in 1887. He began working as a bricklayer in Johannesburg, a jo...
  • John Dale Lace (1859 - 1937)
    Colonel John Dale Lace (27 November 1859 – 5 June 1937) was a South African gold and diamond mining magnate and Randlord. He was born in Port St Mary on the Isle of Man* Reference: FamilySearch Family ...

Randlords were the entrepreneurs who controlled the diamond and gold mining industries in South Africa in its pioneer phase from the 1870s up to World War I.

A small number of European adventurers and financiers, largely of the same generation, gained control of the diamond mining industry at Kimberley, Northern Cape. They set up an infrastructure of financing and industrial consolidation which they then applied to exploit the discoveries of gold from 1886 in Transvaal at Witwatersrand — the "Rand".

Once based in the Transvaal many set up residence in the mansions of Parktown.

Many of the Randlords received baronetcies in recognition of their contributions.

Notable Randlords