Adrian Gore

Founder and CEO , Discovery Group
"By affecting behavior and making people healthier, we generate actual savings. And those savings are passed on to people as incentives that they'll do things to make them healthier. So you get the shared value cycle that has become the core of the Discovery business model."

Adrian Gore will speak at the 2015 Shared Value Leadership Summit: Business at Its Best. Learn more and register here. 

Gore launched Discovery in South Africa in 1992, with a simple and core purpose of making people healthier and enhancing and protecting their lives. Discovery has since evolved into a diversified and multinational financial services group. Discovery is widely acknowledged as a global thought leader in wellness behavioural change and its integration with health, life and short-term insurance. 

Discovery listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1997, and under Adrian’s leadership, has expanded its international reach to the United Kingdom, United States and Asia. Discovery generates total income flows in excess of $6 billion and has over 8 000 employees globally serving seven million customers world-wide.

Adrian graduated from Wits University in 1986. He is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa, a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries (Edinburgh), an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (Chicago), and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. In 1998, Adrian was recognised as South Africa’s Best Entrepreneur by Ernst & Young, and in 2004 was chosen as South Africa’s leading CEO in the annual MoneyWeb CEO’s CEO of the Year Awards. In 2008 he received the Investec Award for Considerable Contribution in a Career/Profession, and in 2010, was named as the Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year. 

Adrian chairs the South African chapter of Endeavor—a global non-profit organisation that identifies and assists high-growth entrepreneurs. He sits on the World Economic Forum Industry Agenda Council on Future Health, which is committed to improving global healthcare. In addition, Adrian sits on the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Board of Overseers, the World Health Organisation Commission to end Childhood Obesity and on the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Advisory Board, whose mandate is to enhance care for the world’s most vulnerable populations, as well as to educate and prepare the next generation of health leaders and educators. 

Read an interview with Adrian Gore in which he explains his company’s healthy business model: Watch "Insurance that Inspires Healthy Living."

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