Andreas Jacobs
Chairman of the Investment Firm Jacobs Holdings AG

Andreas Jacobs is a truly international businessman with a record of managing globally significant organizations across diverse fields of interest. His ability to steer industry leading companies sets him aside as a businessman and marks him as an astute leader and worthy member of the International Advisory Council.

Mr Jacobs is Chairman of the family’s business, the investment firm Jacobs Holdings AG, which has diverse interest across e-commerce, human resources and farming. From this post Mr Jacobs is Chairman of Barry Callebaut ,the world’s largest cocoa and chocolate manufacturer; Vice-Chairman of Adecco SA, the world’s largest human resources company; and oversees the growing presence of a multi-national thoroughbred empire.

This thoroughbred empire has expanded to include StiftungGestuetFaehrhof in Germany, Newsells Park Stud in England and Maine Chance Farms in South Africa. In all there are approximately 250 mares across all three commercial properties as well as a series of high profile stallions and racing interests.

StiftlungGestuet was originally founded by Mr Jacob’s late grandfather Walter in 1960 before falling under the management of his father Klaus and in turn himself. In 2000 Newsells Park Stud was acquired and not long after the opportunity to secure the picturesque Main Chance Farms arose and could not be turned down.

With three significant breeding ventures in three different thoroughbred regions, the growing influence of Jacobs Holdings AG is significant. This influence continues to be put to good use. The contribution of stallions such as the German Silvano in South Africa is testament to this.

The Jacobs family’s contribution to thoroughbred racing and society at large extends further through the Jacobs Foundation which is dedicated to promoting the development of young people through programs in life skills, computer skills and activities associated with nature and the environment. This Foundation works extensively in areas of Central and South America, Africa and Europe.