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Charity through success: Why it is important to stay true to your roots

by John Saunders
10th Jun 20 5:09 pm

Having qualified as a chartered accountant in the 1970s, Rex Ekaireb set out determined to build something more than a ‘career.’ With a keen eye for finance and opportunity and with the desire to do more than being a ‘run of the mill’ accountant, Rex set out to build what would in a few decades become a successful business. Moreover, and something which has always driven Rex Ekaireb is the pursuit of helping children and helping those much less fortunate.

After acquiring his accountancy qualification and having hones his craft and cut his teeth at accountancy for a decade, Rex went on to start a jewellery business in London’s diamond district, Hatton Garden. The skills and knowledge he garnered during his time as a chartered accountant would stand him in very good stead for the future. The accountancy professional achievements led Rex to pursue his passion: business. During the 1980s and 1990s the diamond and jewellery trade in the UK was very much a booming sector.

Thus, Rex Ekaireb sought to build a jewellery business that he and his family could call their own. Rex, with his brothers in law set up a wholesale jewellery business which, by 1986 caught the attention of a large, publicly listed company in the UK. The public company purchased the Ekaireb jewellery business, keeping Rex on its board in an advisory capacity. Rex, as an advisory member of the large company’s board, saw the company make the clever move of purchasing other jewellery businesses who they then sold their jewellery to, growing yet further.

Using his experience, flair and knowledge, Rex helped the jewellery company become the go to wholesaler of wedding rings in the area. They became Argos’ largest supplier of wedding rings, so small achievement. Rex left the large company and the jewellery industry altogether by 1999 at which point he made the seamless transition into the property market.

Rex Ekaireb: A charitable drive

Having been adopted at a young age, Rex has never lost sight of the importance of younger generations. He has always strived to help those least fortunate in society, particularly children. His successes over the years in business have allowed him to take a well-established and respected step into the world of philanthropy and charity.

As Rex Ekaireb sees it, children need more than material possessions; they need a stable and warm environment in which to not just succeed, but thrive. This is a cause very close to his heart and something which he holds very dear to this day.

Rex has, over the years donated hundreds of toys to London’s world-renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital when they called out for help and he has also worked extensively with the United Nations (UN). The UN’s helping of political prisoners in mainly Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union is something which Rex pays close attention to. He understands that without a stable family structure and without one or both parents, a child’s opportunities and potential may be very limited.

It is in large part, this that has driven him to help many political prisoners reunite with their families and children. It can never be known how many children have thrived and prospered as a direct result of the projects which Rex Ekaireb has helped succeed. However, what is clear is that without his time, efforts and resources, there would be more households throughout the world missing one or both parents and leaving vulnerable children behind.

Throughout London and the world, Rex has also helped many people anonymously, not wanting anything in return. However, sometimes, just remembering one’s humble beginnings and bestowing opportunity upon others, particularly the youngest and most vulnerable in the world is enough; it certainly helps us all for the future.

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