You can’t dispute the fact that Wendy Appelbaum is one of the richest and influential women in Africa, particularly taking a gander at her accomplishments over years. The South African business visionary and an altruist has throughout the years been remarkable among her peers on the continent.
Wendy who runs DeMorgenzon Wine Estate, wine and agri business in Stellenbosch, South Africa, is the only daughter among two brothers of the South African business investor, Sir Donald Gordon, founder of Liberty Group, and her mother, Peggy.
In 2003, Wendy and her better half, Hylton purchased the DeMorgenzon Estate, a wine and the agrarian ranch with the word ‘DeMongenzon’ signifying ‘The Morning Sun’.
Wendy sells about a large portion of 1,000,000 jugs of wine a year, trading 85% of it. Her major markets includes the US, UK, Holland, Sweden, Canada and others. DeMorgenzon is one of the top wine makers in South Africa.
Her outfit has been awarded the exceptional Platter’s White Wine of the year for two back to back occasions and International Trophies for Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc at the renowned Decanter World Wine Award.
The DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2014 was one of the top 100 of 2017, while the DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014 was one of the best 100 wines for 2016 as indicated by the Wine Enthusiast.
Her first vintage was a Chenin Blanc in 2005, and this was the first vintage to get 5-star appraisals in the SA Platter’s Wine Guide. It additionally won the International Chenin Blanc Trophy for a very long time at the International Wine Challenge in London.
Since 1994, Wendy started heading unmistakable establishments which includes being a co-founder and Deputy Chairman of the Women’s Investment Portfolio Holdings, (Wiphold). She helped to establish the organization with 10 other powerful women and together, they empowered women from varying backgrounds.
Wiphold, is a women’s’ investment holding organization recorded on JSE. Wendy holds solid positions in other neighborhood and international associations.
Wendy is to a great extent, perceived for her magnanimity, initiative aptitudes in business and financial turn of events, enthusiasm for general wellbeing and government assistance, and her part in propelling women’s empowerment. Perhaps, studying Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand has fairly paid off emphatically for her.
As a giver who consistently trusts in supporting and lifting the hope of people, she has given out millions of dollars to subsidize the production of the Gordon Institute of Business Science and the Donald Gordon Medical Center, in Wits University. Moreover, Wendy is additionally a trustee of Donald Gordon Foundation, one of the biggest private altruistic establishments in Africa. She owns the Wendy Appelbaum Foundation which starts, chooses and drive programs that centers around health, education and women issues in South Africa.
She has a place with the Global Philanthropists Circle, an organization of driving philanthropists contributing their time, impact, and assets to battle poverty and social injustice. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, an international organization of women of huge and various accomplishments.
Indeed, Wendy Appelbaum hold tons of positions in South Africa as well as around the globe. Because of her accomplishments, she has consistently been honoured with awards, with one of them being one of the richest in South Africa according to several valid websites.
She was also been named among Top 10 Female Millionaires to Watch Out For in Africa, by Forbes Africa, International Women’s Forum South Africa Excellent Award, Businesswoman of the Year, Woman of the Year, Forbes Africa, and numerous others.
One statement of hers that rouses numerous other up and coming business people is:
“I drive myself very hard… Life is too short to do something badly.”