Marius Kloppers

Marius Jacques Kloppers (born 26 August 1962) is a South African-born Australian businessman and former CEO of BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining company.[3] He was also Executive Director and Chairman of the Group Management Committee from 2007 to 2013.[4] He was asked to retire as CEO on 1 October 2013, and was succeeded by Andrew Mackenzie.[1][2]

Marius Kloppers
Marius Jacques Kloppers

(1962-08-26) 26 August 1962
Cape Town, South Africa
EducationBE (Chem), MBA, PhD (Materials Science)
Alma materUniversity of Pretoria
Years active1986–present
TitleChief Executive, BHP Billiton
PredecessorChip Goodyear
SuccessorAndrew MacKenzie[1][2]


Kloppers graduated from Helpmekaar Kollege, then a public school in Johannesburg (IEB currently). Kloppers graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria and subsequently went on to receive a PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also graduated with an MBA from INSEAD.


Kloppers worked in petrochemicals at Sasol and materials research with Mintek in South Africa. Following completion of his MBA at INSEAD, he then worked with management consultants McKinsey & Co in Netherlands before joining Billiton in 1993. In 2007, at the age of 44, he was appointed CEO of the largest resource company in the world, BHP Billiton. He officially assumed the position of CEO on 1 October 2007. In 2009 his annual compensation was $US 10,399,589, of which $2M was salary and the balance was bonus.[5]


  1. Russell, Christopher (20 February 2013). "BHP CEO Marius Kloppers steps down". Herald Sun. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  2. "MARIUS KLOPPERS TO RETIRE, ANDREW MACKENZIE TO BECOME CEO" (PDF). BHP Billiton. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  3. Crikey - Another foreigner climbs to the top of the heap at BHP-Billiton - Another foreigner climbs to the top of the heap at BHP-Billiton
  4. "BHP Billiton web site".
  5. "BHP chief gets $12 million paycheck, up 51pc". The Sunday Times (Australia). The Sunday Times (Australia). 15 September 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
Business positions
Preceded by
Chip Goodyear
CEO of BHP Billiton
Succeeded by
Andrew Mackenzie

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