Jewish Namibian philanthropist Harold Pupkewitz passed away April 27th of this year. He was largely regarded as one of the wealthiest men ever to live inNamibia, and divested a large amount of his considerable estate on charitable pursuits and altruistic endeavors. Despite his high profile of establishing business schools all overAfrica, including Namibia Polytechnic’s acclaimed Harold Pupkewitz school of business, his exact net worth at death is still unknown.
At an amazingly young 20 years old, Pupkewitz graduated from theUniversity of Capetown with a degree in business. He travelled toSouth Africa for work for more than two years, and then with his experience, returned toWindhoek, his home town, where he took the reins of his family business. At the time, it was only a trading company specializing in groceries and other home essentials.
Since taking on the family business, Harold Pupkewitz had turned the small company in to a massive international conglomerate, with a hand in African real estate, automobile manufacturing, and an active interest in using green, sustainable energy in his building practices.
It is always sad to hear of the death of such a kind soul, but it is even more sad when such a generous philanthropist’s life comes to an end. The business school Pupkewitz constructed in Namibiac ontinues to offer a quality education to students aspiring to follow his incredible precedent. Harold Pupkewitz is buried in the section set aside for those of Jewish faith in Windhoek cemetery.