Barnato, Barney (Barnett Isaacs)

   South African mining magnate. At the age of twenty-one, Barnett Isaacs went to South Africa from his native London to join his brother Henry on the newly-discovered Kimberley diamond mines. A colourful character, sporting fancy waistcoats, he adopted the theatrical-sounding name of Barnato. The brothers set up the Barnato Diamond Mining Company in 1881, and started buying up claims to try to gain control of the diggings, in competition with Cecil Rhodes’ De Beers company. In 1888 the two formed a merger, De Beers Consolidated Mines, which still dominates the world diamond market.
   Barnato entered the Cape parliament, but was lured to the developing Rand gold-fields in the Transvaal, where the Barnato group became a leading producer. At the age of forty-five, he committed suicide by jumping overboard on a voyage back to England.

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