Mr. Joseph Boutin
South African diamond merchant millionaire
Male | Griqua (South African) | Widower
Many African men can claim to have worked in the famous South African diamond fields. A select few can claim to having managed a team of diggers. A handful can claim mine ownership. But only one African man can claim the title of gem merchant in the white-based diamond cartel community: Mr. Joseph Boutin. Of course, it should be noted that most individuals in the cartel do not know that Boutin is a black man, so well has he masked his identity behind a network of proper, perfectly peachy, British front men.
Reflecting on Boutin’s life, one can wonder at the origins of his accomplishment. Whilst a child, Boutin attended mission school. When a youth, he trained as a commando. Once married, he was a farmer. Only in his prime, did Boutin enter the diamond fields to humbly dig through earth. Perhaps his success is based on a heritage of African warrior blood, or perhaps it is because he is a man of great resilience and productivity. Certainly, Boutin’s high standards and keen sense of humor have paved the way in developing his vast, global support network which includes his kinsmen, the Griqua (or “Bastaards” as some call them), Afrikaners, British and Dutch.
Boutin is a direct descendant of Andries Waterboer, a former chief of Griqualand West which merged into the Cape Colony when the land came under British leadership. On the diamond mine fields of Kimberley, Boutin sought to empower his family and clan by cultivating British relationships, thus extending his company and with it, power to change oppressive laws effecting black men. Tragically, his efforts were seen as a betrayal by his peers and wife who felt he was siding with unjust leadership. His wife, Eva, left him, taking his three young sons, Andries, Nicholas, and Adam with her. The sting of that loss caused Boutin to radically alter his strategy from being a public figure seeking a progressive business to being a private man building a secret empire.
For seventeen years, whilst constructing his enterprise, Boutin searched for his estranged family. When at least he found them, his wife had died. Hopes of reestablishing relationship with his grown sons proved tragically difficult as they had grown up with the notion of their father being a traitor to their race. Only his youngest son, Adam, offered any gesture of kinship toward Boutin, but every one of those sparse acts came with a request for financial aid.
A passionate fisherman, Boutin adores fresh and salt water fishing. Oddly, despite years of dogged persistence in learning the sport, the vast majority of fish still allude his most cunning and elaborate snares. When the frustrations of capturing slippery wildlife take hold, he finds respite in hiking and biking.
Vice lords, alcoholics, and sluggers annoy Boutin beyond words. Having seen his share of hardship in life, yet having pushed himself to succeed, Boutin has no use for individuals that refuse to take responsibility over their destiny.
A realist, Boutin knows that racial harmony will not occur within his homeland during his lifetime. As such, he is dedicated to extending his power base in the Motherland to cultivate positive judicial change in the Cape Colony.