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Ivor Ichikowitz is a South African industrialist of Lithuanian descent. He is the founder and Executive Chairman of Paramount Group South Africa's largest arms dealer. Ichikowitz is also Executive Chairman of TransAfrica Capital , a private equity fund 
He is often referred to as “briefcase arms dealer” and a “peddler of influence”, although he is repported to bridle at these descriptions. He describes himself as a member of President Jacob Zuma's inner circle 
Ichikowitz's influence in South African politics is extensive, he is quoted as saying "I cannot do my job without having close relationships with heads of state, and ministers of defence and finance."  Ichikowitz has funded a private Boeing 727 to fly South African president Jacob Zuma to the United States 
Ichikowitz claims on his website that he was active in the anti-apartheid struggle 
Ichikowitz was linked to a controversial oil-for-food programme through a company called Majali intended to benefit the ANC and Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath party 
Ichikowitz is the co-owner of a safari lodge which is variously described as "the Camp David of Africa"
- “It is very hurtful to be referred to as an arms dealer because it is tantamount to calling the chairman of GlaxoSmithKline a drug dealer.”
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