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Michael C O'Dowd

Michael Conway O'Dowd (1930-2006) was Chairman of the Free Market Foundation from 1978 to 2005, and of the Anglo-American and De Beers Group Chairman's Fund from 1974 to 1997. In the latter capacity, O'Dowd was a pioneer of corporate social investment in South Africa, contributing immensely to the establishment of rural schools and universities of technology for black South Africans in the previous era. A classical liberal philosopher, O'Dowd is known for his 1966 prediction that economic growth and industrialisation would lead to the demise of Apartheid.