Diamonds: business overview

Share of associate's operating profit

2006

$463m

2007

$484m

EBITDA

2006

$541m

2007

$587m

  • De Beers remains world leader in diamonds after 120 years
  • Diamond production again exceeds 51 million carats
  • Resilience of diamond jewellery market underpinned by China going forward

Anglo American’s diamond interests are represented by its 45% shareholding in De Beers. The other shareholders in De Beers are Central Holdings Limited (an Oppenheimer family owned company), which owns 40%, and the Government of the Republic of Botswana (GRB) with 15%.

De Beers is the world’s leading diamond business, with expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. De Beers and its joint venture partners operate in more than 20 countries across five continents, employing nearly 22,000 people. From its 15 mines across Botswana, Canada, Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania, De Beers produces approximately 40% of the world’s rough diamonds by value.

De Beers holds a 50% interest in both the Debswana Diamond Company (Proprietary) Limited and Namdeb Diamond Corporation (Proprietary) Limited, owned jointly with the GRB and the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN), respectively, and a 70% shareholding in De Beers Marine Namibia. The company also has a 75% interest in Williamson Diamonds Limited in Tanzania.

In addition, De Beers holds a 74% interest in South African-based De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited (DBCM), with a black economic empowerment (BEE) group (the Ponahalo interest consortium) holding an indirect 26% interest.

De Beers owns 100% of Diamond Trading Company International (DTCI). It also has a 50% interest with the GRB in Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB), which will sort and value Botswana’s diamond output as well as performing local sales and marketing activities. Additionally, a 50% interest is held, along with the GRN, in Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) which will sort and value Namibia’s diamond output and carry out local sales and marketing activities.

DeBeers Ownership Structure