12.11.2021

Saidler & Co.'s Mourns its Friend Mr F.W. de Klerk, Nobel Prize Winner and Former President of South Africa

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Mr F.W. de Klerk was an extraordinary man with a stellar character. F.W. was born on March 18, 1936 in South Africa and became one of the country's most influential politicians throughout his lifetime. 

As president of South Africa from 1989-1994 he brought the apartheid system of racial segregation to an end and negotiated a transition to majority rule in his country. He and Nelson Mandela jointly received the 1993 Nobel Prize for Peace for their collaboration in efforts to establish nonracial democracy in South Africa. He resigned as deputy president in 1996 and as head of the National Party in 1997, when he announced his retirement from politics. He established the F.W. de Klerk Foundation in 2000 and the Global Leadership Foundation in 2004.

Saidler & Co. has long been a proud partner with the Global Leadership Foundation (GLF). The partnership entailed providing financial support, hosting charitable events and having Mr. Martin Saidler join the International Council of the Global Leadership Foundation. A particularly memorable event was held at the facilities of Numbrs Personal Finance AG, a portfolio company of Saidler & Co. During a lunch gathering, attended by distinguished leaders such as Mr. Kasper Villiger (former President of Switzerland), Mr. de Klerk (former President of South Africa) shared his own experience of the parallels between national transformation and business technology supremacy. He focused on the perspectives of the historic change and leadership process that reformed a nation, and the steps that need to be taken during a process of transformation and change in the business world today. 

The GLF is a network built around its 36 members, all former Presidents, Prime Ministers, or other distinguished leaders with first-hand experience of the difficulties of political leadership. Its members contribute to the work of GLF as private individuals, motivated by a desire to give something back to the world. Working in small teams, in their personal capacity, members offer private and confidential advice to current Heads of Government. 

Saidler & Co. is proud to help keep up of F.W. de Klerk‚Äôs legacy through continuous support to his foundations.