Solomon (Sol) Kerzner, K.C.M.G. (23 August 1935 – 21 March 2020) was a South African accountant and business magnate. He founded both of South Africa’s largest hotel groups, the Southern Sun Hotel Group and Sun International. He was also the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Kerzner International. His career spanned more than 45 years in the resort industry. After Kerzner graduated with a B.Com (Accounting) and B.Com (Hons) (Accounting) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, he took over the running of his family’s hotel chain.
Sol Kerzner was a visionary pioneer, inventing the concept of entertainment destination resorts, first with Sun City in South Africa and then with the iconic Atlantis resorts around the world. In addition, he originated bespoke luxury resorts, with the introduction of One&Only, a philosophy of unique, authentic, ultra-luxury experiences with genuine service from the heart.
He not only built resorts, but he also built destinations, always finding the best location for his vision and celebrating each country in which we operate.
Sol Kerzner was also an incredible leader. He connected with every team member and challenged us to become innovators and entrepreneurs. His boundless energy and passion inspired thousands of colleagues around the globe. Whilst he retired as Chairman of Kerzner International in 2014, we are proud to honour his immense legacy.
We will, in his infamous words, ‘Box On’.