Gavin Varejes Biography

Gavin Varejes early on

Born and raised in Durban in Kwazulu-Natal, Gavin Varejes became a lifesaver and water polo player while he was in school and in the army. As many of the local Durbanites do, he spent nearly every day on the beach enjoying the sun and surf in the South African sub-tropical city. With his lifesaving, Gavin learned a lot about water safety, different crafts and took part in Sunday competitions regularly. After finishing high school his conscription papers arrived and Gavin completed his national service with the SADF here he continued with lifesaving and water polo. When this was completed he started studying at the University of Durban where he attained a diploma in marketing. He started in Durban with equipment sales of photographic paraphernalia but had to move to Johannesburg when the business failed because of it being undercut by grey trade.

Backing a multitude of ventures

When Gavin Varejes landed in Johannesburg, he tried his hand at many different lines of work, mostly concentrated on cellular technology. After a few years of gaining invaluable experience, Gavin started Richmark Holdings. Early stage investment has always been the hardest to come by and start-ups are often forced to rely on family, getting into debilitating debt or, simply giving up. Angel investors provide a niche service of making funding and often mentoring available for young businesses needing a boost. With focus on telecommunications, Richmark holds an impressive portfolio of companies in areas from digital advertising to exclusive properties and even an internet service provider. Currently Richmark is one of the principal angel investment concerns in South Africa and are investigating expansion to Kenya.

Charity at heart

Gavin Varejes knows how to get VIPs to sponsor important causes. MTN, Hifi Corp, Mitre, Tsogo Sun and Budget are a few of the sponsors he has managed to procure for the charitable venture he started called South African Rugby Legends Association. An avid sports fan, Gavin has some of the biggest names in South African sporting history work with him to raise funds for a variety of causes. At a recent charity event in aid of the Ernie Els Autism Centre, a group of former Boks took part in raising funds. Stefan Terblanche, James Small, Kryno Otto and Japie Mulder to name but a few contributed to this day being a huge success.

At home with Gavin Varejes

Gavin Varejes met his wife in a coffee shop in the affluent area of Hyde Park and they have been married for over 20 years. Gavin and Jo-Ann’s marriage is blessed with two children; Caily and Trent. Gavin enjoys seafood and the odd tequila when out and about or entertaining at home where he prefers to spend most of his time enjoying time with his family. Gavin collects sports and other memorabilia and proudly displays his collection in his office. Being a Durbanite, Gavin supports the Sharks even though he is about 600 kilometres away from their waters.

40 responses to “Gavin Varejes Biography

  1. Gavin Varejes was in school and in the army,he spent nearly every day on the beach enjoying the sun and surf in the South African sub-tropical city. He started to sales of photographic paraphernalia but had to move to Johannesburg when the business failed because of it being undercut by grey trade.

  2. Gavin Varejes is a man of great, inmesuarable and invaluable experience. I love these man mostly because he concentrated on cellular technology.

  3. Gavin Varejes is a great business man who never gives up on himself ,even the challenges he experience at the earlier stage of his business career .He keeps pushing on and today he is great business man .He is someone to look up to for inspiration.

  4. Very good.
    It is always good to be know for what is good because sometimes people tend to remember you base on the number of positive change that one was able to make.
    Gavin has not only made a name but also has a legacy to be remember for.

  5. That is a goodman he love people I use to work for him and I willing to meet his someday.

  6. Gavin is a man of many parts and such men are those with a large heart. He has been through the thick and thin, gathering enough momentum to wedge the shortfalls in investments. The delve into Charity event is not surprising, he know what it takes to fall and bounce back again. I doff my hat for this one more finer man…Gavin Varejes.

  7. What a great man and a philanthropist. It’s great when rich people help give back to the society. This is a really good man

  8. Gavin Varejes was in school and in the army,he spent nearly every day on the beach enjoying the sun and surf in the South African sub-tropical city.That is a goodman he love people I use to work for him and I willing to meet his again.

  9. This are the type of people we need in this world, he is a great example of a man who is committed not only to himself but also to the welfare and care of others.

  10. nothing is more better than the heart of a philanthropist like Gavin Varejes..
    mtn has been very helpful and handy to the needs of Africans all thanks to this man support ..

  11. this man deserves to be given an award ..the love of the people is what that is always on his mind…great man of our time…is support to the social life’s of south African can be seen everywhere.

  12. mr gavin is a man of adventure.he combines sport and many things to make his life and other a better place to live.God bless him with a better wife and children. mr gavin keep it up, GOD will give you more of your heart desire.

  13. I admire his courage for handwork, resilience and persistence. i believe he is someone to be looked upon as a mentor I really hope to be like him someday.

  14. Gavin Varejes is a life saver who is fillup with human feeling,infact it is nice meeting such a man

  15. a man who does all these to society freely is a man of good will. he is a humble man who is giving back to society in every way he can. charity begins at home!

  16. Gavin Varejes was in school and in the army,he spent nearly every day on the beach enjoying the sun and surf in the South African sub-tropical city. He started to sales of photographic paraphernalia but had to move to Johannesburg when the business failed because of it being undercut by grey trade and is a life saver who is fillup with human feeling,infact it is nice.

  17. A true philanthropist is what I call Gavin Varejes. One who thinks of the good in others and wants them to exibit their true potential in their various endeavours.

  18. Gavin Varejes is a man with diversified thoughts. An innovative humanitarian who goes the extra mile to attain success at his endeavours and thereby benefit others from it. An example is the Richmark Holdings (PTY)LTD

  19. Gavin Vereges, a philanthropist to look onto. Despite earlier challenges, does give up and works hard to meet his aims.He is such a great inspiration!!!

  20. Mr Gavin is such a hero and needs to be rewarded. His efforts and combination of co-curricular activities such as sports engagement and supporting social life make life better. He deserves the best and may God bless him.

  21. Mr Gavin is a highly respectable man with a lot of accomplishments, his love for his family and philanthropist nature endears him to the hearts of many. And he is also a good role model to the youths at large.

  22. Gavin is a mentor, someone we ought to look up to. He tried to build a very strong conglomerate which keeps helping people every now and then. He is full of empathy and compassion for people.

  23. Gavin Varejes is a great business man who never gives up on himself ,even the challenges he experience at the earlier stage of his business career .He keeps pushing on and today he is great business man .He is someone to look up to for inspiration.

  24. Gavin Varejes is a great man with exciting works and history, he is always wonderful, i would love to meet him someone like him What a great man and a philanthropist. It’s great when rich people help give back to the society. This is a really good man

  25. Gavin Varejes is a life saver who is fillup with human feeling,infact it is nice to read about him I admire his courage for handwork, resilience and persistence. i believe he is someone to be looked upon as a mentor he deserves to be given an award

  26. Wow…. very inspiring. I love reading success stories as these because it inspires me to be all I want to be….The best me.

  27. Such a good man with a good heart. Quite a great achiever and a rare gem. God bless your heart.

  28. He is a nice man worthy to be reckoned with, he examples are worthy of emulation and his courage are inspiring.

  29. Gavin Varejes is the most loved philanthropist who is loved by all and sundry, before one sees a man like him it’s in the next world.
    thumb up for Gavin.

  30. Gavin Varejes is a mentor, one who never give up on his dreams and ambitions, so much to talk about bring the great and honourable man hê has grown to be today.
    This man is a philantropist.

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