David Leppan

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  • British
  • South African
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Known for
  • Big data
  • Risk intelligence
  • Philanthropy

David Leppan is a South African-born British entrepreneur, philanthropist, big data scientist, chartered financial analyst and expert in risk management. Leppan is a tech-driven "serial entrepreneur"[1] and the founder/co-founder of: World-Check, Wealth-X, TravelShark, Gatehouse Publishing, and Captis Intelligence.[2]


Leppan supports many charities including SOS Children's Villages as well as Happy Hearts.[3] In 2012, he donated US$1 million to the charitable organisation Global Poverty Project to help it stage a rock concert at theCentral Park, New York in order to raise money to end global poverty by 2030, which raised over US$1.31 billions in pledges.[4]


Leppan worked previously as a financial risk analyst at Thomson Financial and Swiss Banks before he went on to establish with his ex-wife their first internet based company 'World Check' in late 2000, which he later sold to Thompson Rueters in 2011. He also co-founded another tech driven company 'TravelShark' in 2008.[5] Lepppan is also the co-founder and chairman of 'Wealth-X' and also founded the 'Gatehouse Publishing'.[6] He is also the co-founded and Chairman of 'Captis Intelligence', which is a global security and crime prevention company that he established in 2017.[7]


  1. "The Billionaire's Secret". pressreader.com. Tatler Singapore. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  2. Kolesnikov-Jessop, Sonia (October 13, 2014). "Traits of a Serial Entrepreneur". New York Times. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  3. "The Wealth Report 2014" (PDF). Knight Frank. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  4. "Real asset hunter". The Edge Markets. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  5. "David Leppan". Rise Networks. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  6. Lacey, Hester (September 3, 2014). "Discover The New Luxury: Local, Authentic And Curated". Forbes. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  7. THOMANN, ANDREAS (September 20, 2019). "Why big data beats Robocop". Julius Baer. Retrieved August 8, 2020.

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