Brett Kebble: The Inside Story

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Zebra, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 357 pages
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In September 2005, corporate South Africa was rocked by the violent murder of mining maverick Brett Kebble. In life, he was known as a billionaire patron of the arts, compassionate philanthropist, champion of black economic empowerment, urbane raconteur and generous host. But within six months of his death, Kebble was exposed as the architect of one of the biggest and most convoluted frauds seen by any stock exchange in the world, a flawed genius who lied and cheated and stole so cunningly that even astute auditors were fooled. By the time he died, Kebble was both broke and jobless. His legacy was a maze of convoluted transactions that would take forensic investigators months, perhaps years, to untangle. The trail would lead from one of the African continent's oldest and most venerable mining houses to more than 100 shell companies; from the diamond fields of Angola to the new black elite in democratic South Africa's upmarket suburbs. But in the wake of Kebble's death, far darker secrets than his unorthodox and downright criminal transactions would also come to light. Many of them are revealed for the first time in this hard-hitting A-B-C of Brett Kebble's brilliant but terminally crooked business career.
 

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Contents

acknowledgements
Fifth horseman of the apocalypse 9
Bait and Black Hawks 27
Free at last 44
Value is what you get 67
A swine among swine 89
A bit of a billionaire 101
The calm before the storm 117
The laughing Zulu 187
Play it again Brett 199
The final straw 213
Ways and means of a Robber Baron 239
epilogue 277
appendixes 293
B Companies of which key players were directors
Assets controlled by the JCI Randgold Exploration

Past imperfect future tense 143
The British mud wrestler 157
Scam of the century 173
share capital evolution II 340
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