Beauty, brains, charm and a bit of dynamite: that's Jo-Ann Strauss. Born and raised in Cape Town, this Stellenbosch University graduate holds a B.Comm Law degree – and that’s on top of her glamorous globe-trotting accomplishments, which include representing South Africa at the Miss World Pageant in Puerto Rico and modeling alongside supermodels Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Elle McPherson and Helena Christensen in Barcelona. But that was just the start of the meteoric career of South Africa’s darling Jo-Ann Strauss.
As one of the four top presenters on Top Billing, Jo-Ann has been the guest of Miramax at the Sundance Film Festival and has interviewed – among others - Charlize Theron, Antonio Banderas, George Clooney and Bono the lead singer of U2.
Jo-Ann has graced the cover of most of South Africa’s top magazines, won the Duku Duku Award for most stylish female presenter and has received numerous nominations and awards for best presenter.
What a lot of people don’t know is that Jo-Ann is an astute businesswoman. She’s a Director in a venture capital company called Partnership Investments alongside Dr Brigalia Bam of the IEC and was recently appointed as a Director on the Western Cape Board of Ubuntu-Botho, a division of Sanlam.
Jo-Ann is equally at home as a speaker or MC for prestigious corporate occasions, charities and fashion events.
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Jade, Jonathan, Bonang, Jeannie D, Ursula & Lorna