John Bredenkamp

John Bredenkamp

Zimbabwean Businessman and Rugby Union Player
Born Aug 11, 1940

John Arnold Bredenkamp is a Zimbabwean businessman and former rugby player. He is the founder of the Casalee Group.

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1940 Birth Born on August 11, 1940.


1958 17 Years Old Of Dutch ancestry, Bredenkamp registered as a Rhodesian citizen in 1958. … Read More


1965 24 Years Old As a Rugby Union international, he captained Rhodesia from 1965 to 1968.
1968 27 Years Old After his graduation, Bredenkamp joined Gallaher Limited, an international tobacco company in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia), as a leaf buyer. In 1968 he was transferred to Niemeyer in the Netherlands, where he rose to the position of leaf director.


1976 35 Years Old After leaving Gallaher in 1976 Bredenkamp founded the Casalee Group of companies registered in Antwerp, Belgium. … Read More
1980 39 Years Old After independence in 1980, Bredenkamp left Zimbabwe and moved his base of operations to Belgium. … Read More


1984 43 Years Old In 1984 he made his peace with the rulers of the new Zimbabwe and was able to return home. … Read More


1998 57 Years Old Bredenkamp gained considerable clout in the political and economic affairs of Zimbabwe. It is known that he played a significant role in the events surrounding Zimbabwe's intervention in the DRC between 1998 and 2003. … Read More
2000 59 Years Old Bredenkamp has been linked to claims to facilitate the retirement of Mugabe in 2000, by the Guardian's investigation into the leaked US embassy cables


2004 63 Years Old It is claimed that he sought to facilitate the early retirement of President Mugabe in 2004 and his replacement by Emmerson Mnangagwa, former Security Minister and Speaker of Parliament. … Read More
2006 65 Years Old In September 2006 Bredenkamp was tried in Zimbabwe on charges that he used a South African passport on international journeys. … Read More
2016 75 Years Old In April 2016, The Guardian reported that Bredenkamp has an "estimated £700m fortune from tobacco trading, grey-market arms dealing, sports marketing and diamond mining."
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