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Gavin Varejes

CEO of Richmark Holdings and Co-Founder of SARLA

Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Durban South Africa

Gavin Varejes is a sports loving South African businessman, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Richmark Holdings, an investment organisation that specialises in managing investments for a wide range of companies, which Gavin feels offer significant potential in terms of contributing to the South African Economy.
Richmark Holdings’ core principle is to help businesses grow and offers a number of different investment services, from funding to helping with majority stake-holding in a wide range of investments. Richmark has considerable experience in a variety of different industry’s and business sectors such as telecommunications, property, branding, media and digital advertising, as well as supporting a number of social investment programs.

Charity and helping the underprivileged

Aside from Gavin’s career as a successful businessman, his support of charities and social investment programs doesn’t end with his work with Richmark Holdings. As a passionate rugby fan, Gavin is a firm believer that sport can be used as a tool to help bring communities and people together, regardless of their social background or ethnicity. Even with South Africa’s history of political strife and with the country being somewhat of a hotbed of social diversity, sport is enjoyed by millions of people throughout the country, no matter what side of the social divide they are from. Today, as South Africa overcomes its history of political problems, one thing that many can agree on is that South Africa is a true sporting nation.

Founder of the South African Rugby Legends

With Gavin Varejes seeing at firsthand the high regard that sport is held in by many of his fellow South African’s and the benefits it can have to underprivileged communities, Gavin, along his friend John Allan and other likeminded people, founded the South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA). It is the role of SARLA to help bring some of the biggest names and personalities from the world rugby to help promote a variety of charitable sporting events, as well as helping to promote amateur rugby throughout the country. Over a fairly short period time, Gavin and the team at SARLA have achieved a great deal of success in promoting amateur rugby and helping socially and economically disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
Now, almost a decade later SARLA has continued to be committed to helping the people of South Africa and after appointing South African rugby legend Stefan Terblanche as its new CEO, Gavin Varejes believes that SARLA will have an even bigger positive impact on the communities that need help the most throughout the years to come.

Away from fundraising

Away from Gavin’s exemplary charity work and successful business career, he also collects sporting memorabilia and over the years has built up quite an impressive collection, which he proudly displays at his office in Sandton. He is also a lifelong supporter of the Natal Sharks rugby team. However, Gavin’s main passion in life is his family, being happily married for more than two decades and a proud father to two beautiful children, they love nothing more than to go on family holidays together, especially to Uvongo, which is located in KwaZulu-Natal, a place which Gavin holds dear to his heart.

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O: +27 11 523 3007

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Business Address

Sandton, Sandton, South Africa

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Honorary Vice-patron | Lifesaving South Africa
Durban, South Africa | July 2017 - present

Sport and Recreation

President | South African Rugby Legends Association
Durban, South Africa | 2001 - present

Sport and Recreation

Executive Chairman | Richmark Holdings
Sandton, South Africa | January 2000 - present




Cell C annual CEO Awards | 2016

Cell C's annual CEO Awards night was a glamorous event held at Johannesburg's Gallagher Convention Centre with inspiring performances and impressive guests from a variety of fields. Richmark Holdings' Executive Chairman and majority shareholder Gavin Varejes was among those honoured at the Cell C Event.

Ambassador of the Year Award | 2016

Awarded to Mr. Gavin Varejes for "going above and beyond" for the communications company Cell C.

media exposure

Sport24 | 2017

Gavin Varejes announced as honorary vice-patron to Lifesaving SA

News24 | 2017

The Times | 2011

IOL | 2011

Mail&Guardian | 2007

An Interview by Michael Trapido



JAM - Joint Aid Management

Partner, 1984 - present

This extremely worthy humanitarian fund has over twenty five years of community work behind it and many more to come. Active in several African nations, JAM's fight to prevent hunger, disease, Water contamination and in promoting agriculture through training and funding is well felt throughout the continent.


Chairman, 2002 - present

Mr. Varejes is the former President and Founder on the South African Rugby Legends Association

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