July 30, 2010

Graham Beck 1930 - 2010


Graham Beck, former owner of UK boat builder Princess Yachts, has passed away at the age of 80 on 27 July. The South African tycoon bought Princess as part of the Renwick Group in 1981, selling it to French billionaire Bernard Arnault in 2008. He also owned one of the largest wine producers in South Africa and had interests in mining and racehorse breeding. Entrepreneur, coal magnate and esteemed South African wine farmer, Graham Beck, died in London of cancer. Born in Cape Town and a graduate of the University of Cape Town, Beck pursued several business interests, but it was his love of horses that led him to Robertson which is located about two hours inland from Cape Town. Princess chairman David King told the Plymouth Herald that Beck was the the best owner Princess ever could have wished for. Beck, whose body was yesterday being flown to Israel for burial, is survived by his wife Rhona and son Antony.