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Adrian Gore

Global Chief Executive
Discovery Limited

Adrian Gore founded Discovery in South Africa in 1992 – with a core purpose “to make people healthier and enhance, and protect their lives”. Discovery is now a multinational financial services group renowned for Vitality, the largest global platform that creates behaviour change and financially integrates this behaviour into insurance and financial services pricing. This pioneering model of insurance – called Vitality Shared-value Insurance – is transforming insurance markets globally and making a significant share of the insured population healthier and extending life expectancy. Discovery listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1997 and has a market cap of R85 billion (USD4.6 billion) as at 27 February 2023.

Certain global trends such as the rise of lifestyle diseases and the ubiquity of technology have made the Vitality Shared-Value model even more relevant today than in 1992. Given these trends, Discovery has extended its model to wholly owned companies in other markets, like Vitality UK in the United Kingdom, as well as transforming the global market by embedding its model into the world’s largest insurers. This is achieved through an ecosystem of reward partners, technology assets, clinical capabilities, and actuarial data and structures to help partners integrate behaviour change into their products and pricing. The Global Vitality Network includes leading insurers such as AIA, Generali, John Hancock, Manulife, Ping An Health, Sumitomo Life, IGI, BBVA, Prudential, Saludsa and Equivida – representing more than 35% of the global personal protection market, touching over 30 million lives across 40 markets.

Professional Experience
  • Past Chair, Endeavor – South African Chapter
  • Chair, SA SME Fund
  • Director, Discovery Insurance Limited
  • Director, Discovery Health Limited
  • Chair, Discovery Vitality Limited
  • Chair, Discovery Europe Global Limited
  • Chair, Vitality UK Life
  • Chair, Vitality UK Health
  • Chair, Vitality Group International
  • Chair, Discovery Group Exco Limited
  • Past Director, Ethics Institute of South Africa
  • Director, Discovery Limited
  • Member, Business Leadership South Africa
  • Vice President, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)
  • Member, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Board of Overseers
  • Governor, World Economic Forum: Global Health and Healthcare Industries
  • Board of Stewards, World Economic Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare
  • Foundation Board of Governors, University of Witwatersrand
Awards and Honors
  • South Africa Best Entrepreneur | Ernst & Young (1998)
  • Moneyweb South Africa | CEO of the Year (2004)
  • Investec Limited Award | Contribution to the Profession (2008)
  • Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year (2010)
  • McKinsey Geneva Forum of Health Award (2015)
  • CNBCA-ABN Forbes | All Africa Business Leader of the Year (2016)
  • CNBCA-ABN Forbes | Discovery All Africa Company of the Year (2016)
  • Frost and Sullivan Visionary Innovation Leadership Award for Africa (2017)
  • Ernst & Young Global Lifetime Achiever Award (2018)
  • Sunday Times Lifetime Achiever Award (2018)
  • Rotary Business Leader of the Year Award (2018)
  • Actuarial Society of South Africa President’s Award (2020)
  • Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year Award (2021)

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