WOW | Our Business

Our Business

Who Owns Whom is an independent research organisation producing high quality, original research on the African business and economic environment. The research covers over 280 key industries across the African continent, ownership by major groups, director and management profiles, takeover and merger activity as well as investment into Africa.

It offers services into the disciplines of procurement, corporate marketing intelligence, private equity and corporate finance, management consultancies and state developmental and regulatory agencies.


  • Robin McGregor publishes the first edition of Who Owns Whom.
  • The company launches McGregor Information Services.
  • McGregor Information Services is sold to Naspers.
  • Industry research is launched with the Competition Commission as anchor client.
  • Robin, Carla and Andrew buy back the original Who Owns Whom publishing business brand and start the current web-based research business.
  • Research is expanded to show the footprint of South African companies in Africa.
  • Industry research rolls out onto the continent.
  • Data feed services are introduced.
  • The new subscriber platform, WOWEB, is launched.




    To grow the existing Who Owns Whom brand for African business information synonymous with quality and integrity and continue providing independent research and insightful comment.



    1. Uncompromising in the provision of products and services of the highest quality.
    2. Respect for all four stakeholders, namely customers, staff, suppliers and shareholders, thus ensuring sustainability.
    3. Ethical behaviour at all times.

Our Team

The Directors

  • Andrew McGregor
    Managing Director

  • Ben Richardson
    Non-Executive Director

  • Mark Wells
    Non-Executive Director

  • Maureen Maphatsoe
    Non-Executive Chairman

Business Development


Client Retention


Contract Research Team

Who Owns Whom contract researchers are home office-based graduates and post graduates with a wide variety of skills and experiences. Members of the team include freelance or part-time educationists, journalists, researchers and clinical psychology practitioners.

Increasingly prevalent are professional women working from home while they raise young children, as well as career professionals who semi-retire to rural towns for security and cost reasons. The researchers are assigned a designated portfolio of industries, enabling them to establish relationships with industry players and develop an in-depth knowledge of their sectors.

Inhouse Research Team

Carmen Woods (Junior Web Systems Developer); Nazley Kamish (Corporate Researcher - BEE); Wendy Watson (Research Supervisor); Charlene Allies (Corporate Researcher - Companies); Brigitte Schwarz (Corporate Researcher - Companies); Pat Ladell (Research and Branch Manager); Daneley Wesso (Junior Researcher); Tracey Leo – not pictured (Corporate Researcher - Group Structures); Thomas van Schalkwyk (Database and Systems Manager); Craig Ladell (Corporate Researcher - Africa); Jeremy Dobbin (Economist and Corporate Researcher - Industry, Company and Director Analysis)

CSI Initiatives

Who Owns Whom is committed to investment in education. We are currently supporting:
IKhwezi Educare. Click to visit them on:


  • GSB
  • UJ
  • UWC


  • Trade and Industry Policy Strategies
  • AmaBhungane

Social Enterprise

  • Afrika Tikkun


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