Allan Gray is one of South Africa's most successful self-made business executives. When he began trading as a one-man company in Cape Town in 1973, his investment decisions were based on the difference between his assessment of a company's intrinsic value and its share price. Today, his approach is standard practice among the investment community.
The establishment of a centre and a chair in Values-Based Leadership at UCT's Graduate School of Business is a manifestation of Gray's belief that the future and sustainability of the South African economy depend upon sound, ethical and values-based management. UCT recognises Gray as a philanthropist who has consistently supported higher education in South Africa. His pioneering approach to investment and his commitment to South Africa's future make his contribution exceptional.
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The university has bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa on the following distinguished men and women.