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Hendrik Jordaan

February 5, 2015

One Thousand & One Voices, a private equity firm founded by brewing next-gen John Coors, has taken its first step towards a planned $300 million (€261 million) investment in Africa by backing a local agriculture business.

One Thousand & One Voices, a private equity firm founded by brewing next-gen John Coors, has taken its first step towards a planned $300 million (€261 million) investment in Africa by backing a local agriculture business.

The 70-million South African rand (€5.3 million) investment in RedSun Dried Fruit & Nuts, one of the country’s largest raisin producers, will be used to develop processing facilities and to double its workforce.

August 12, 2014

Harnessing the collective power of family capital is not a new concept. But One Thousand & One Voices is adding a twist: calling on families’ sector expertise and intellectual firepower to super-charge emerging market SMEs. Just don’t call it impact investing. 

For more than 20 years, McKay Belk, in his role as president and chief merchandising officer at his family’s third-generation family business Belk, has spent hundreds of hours every year crisscrossing the globe with his team.

He travelled widely to source products from across southeast Asia, China, India and Africa to stock its 300 plus stores - Belk is the largest privately-owned department store chain in the US generating $4 billion (€3 billion) in revenue in 2013.

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