Adrian Gore

Adrian Gore

Director: BLSA

Q: What does leadership mean to you?

A: “Liberating the best in people through purpose, inspiration, authenticity and positivity toward achieving a noble goal.”

Adrian Gore is the founder and chief executive officer of the Discovery Group. He launched Discovery in South Africa in 1992, with a simple and core purpose of making people healthier and enhancing and protecting their lives. Discovery has since evolved into a diversified and multinational financial services group. Discovery is widely acknowledged as a global thought leader in wellness behavioural change and its integration with health, life and short-term insurance.

Discovery listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1997, and under Adrian’s leadership, has expanded its international reach to the United Kingdom, United States, China, Europe and Asia Pacific. Discovery generates total income flows in excess of $7 billion and has over 10 000 employees globally serving five million customers world-wide.

Adrian graduated from Wits University in 1986. He is a fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, a fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries (Edinburgh), an associate of the Society of Actuaries (Chicago), and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. In 1998, Adrian was recognised as South Africa’s Best Entrepreneur by Ernst & Young, and in 2004 was chosen as South Africa’s leading CEO in the annual Moneyweb CEO’s CEO of the Year Awards. In 2008 he received the Investec Award for Considerable Contribution in a Career/Profession, and in 2010, was named the Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year. In 2015 Adrian was the recipient of the McKinsey Geneva Forum of Health Award. At the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLATM) in partnership with CNBC Africa, Adrian was honoured as the Business Leader of the Year. On behalf of Discovery he also accepted the Company of the Year award, recognising the group’s continuing commitment to excellence and outstanding business values that have impacted business on the continent.

Adrian chairs the South African chapter of Endeavor – a global non-profit organisation that identifies and assists high-growth entrepreneurs. He sits on the World Economic Forum Industry Agenda Council on Future Health, which is committed to improving global healthcare. In addition, Adrian sits on the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Board of Overseers, the World Health Organisation Commission to end Childhood Obesity, and on the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Advisory Board, whose mandate is to enhance care for the world’s most vulnerable populations, as well as to educate and prepare the next generation of health leaders and educators. Adrian has recently been invited to sit on the Brookings Institute’s International Advisory Council.

Adrian Gore, together with the ex-CEO of Bidvest Group, Brian Joffe, were tasked by the then Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to coordinate efforts to set up a SME Fund to stimulate entrepreneurship in SA. The SA SME Fund has launched with an initial R1.4bn of private sector funding.