Mark Schwartz

Leading international financier Mark Schwartz has been awarded the 2011 Inyathelo Award for International Philanthropy to South Africa for his remarkable support of the largest health challenge facing our country – the HIV/Aids pandemic.

Former senior Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and former advisor to George Soros and President of Soros Fund Management, Mark has managed to persuade a group of top US institutions to invest more than R2 billion over the past 8 years into various South African hospitals, clinics, research centres and laboratories as part of his efforts to raise awareness of HIV/Aids, reduce infection and ultimately find a cure. 

Mark and his wife Lisa, who is very much involved in the effort, are not just financially generous. They are active participants in all the projects in KwaZulu-Natal, visiting the country regularly to meet with sick patients, help train the next generation of African doctors, scientists and healthcare professionals, and plot the creation and development of world-class biomedical and healthcare facilities. Even Mark’s 80-year-old mother has spent considerable time driving around the townships in a mini-bus reading stories to children living with HIV/Aids.

Mark is currently Chairman and Managing Director of MissionPoint Capital Partners LLC.