Harry Oppenheimer Dies at 91

Harry Oppenheimer, chairman of De Beers for 27 years and the man behind the concept of diamond advertising, died recently at the age of 91. The Oxford-educated son of cartel founder Ernest, Oppenheimer joined the De Beers board in 1934 and stayed on for 60 years. In 1957, he succeeded his father as chairman of De Beers and sister company Anglo-American. He stepped down as De Beers chairman in 1984 and retired from the board in 1994, but De Beers executives said he still made his opinions known about the business. "He retained until the end his sense of curiosity and fun and great love for the diamond business," said his son, current chairman Nicky, in a statement. "I and many others will very much miss his wise counsel and warm friendship." For American jewelers, Harry Oppenheimer is best known for his 1938 revelation that diamonds could be advertised just like any other product, ove
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