Dr Warren Clewlow was born in Durban on 13 July 1936, and was educated at Glenwood High School and the University of Natal. He joined the Barlow group of companies in 1963 and rose to become the CEO and then Chairman of the Board until reaching retirement age in 2006.
Over many years, he had wide interests in the South African business community, including directorships in Old Mutual, SASOL, ISCOR and Nedbank, where he served as their chairman. He also served as chairman of the State President’s Economic Advisory Council.
He was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Economics from the University of Natal. He received the Order of Meritorious Service Class I Gold for rendering exceptional meritorious service in the general public interest.
He serves as a trustee of the FW de Klerk Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the CJ Fuchs Charitable Foundation.
Warren married Margie in 1964. They had five children – sadly, their youngest son passed away in 2007. They have 12 grandchildren.
Warren has always had a keen interest in South African agriculture and its development. He remains active today on his sugar farm in KwaZulu-Natal.