Our values

Since 1973 we have adhered to the same set of values. These have provided us with a consistent framework to help us to make the best decisions for our investors in a changing environment and over time.

Client focused

We always put our clients’ interests first and avoid (not manage) conflicts of interest. We try to build our clients’ trust and confidence in us through offering excellent client service. We design our products and fees so that they tie our success to that of our clients.

Performance driven

We set extremely demanding and challenging standards, aiming to be the best in each area of our activities. Our business model and the way that we reward and promote our staff are designed to encourage excellence. Our performance-based investment management fees make our income more sensitive to long-term investment performance than the size of assets under management. Our senior executives are shareholders in the business, aligning their long-term interests with yours. All other staff have a substantial portion of their remuneration in the form of performance-based bonuses. 

Long-term oriented

We take a long-term perspective on investment decisions and business strategy. We try to establish long-term relationships with clients who believe in us and share our conviction in our investment approach. We offer an uncluttered range of products and services where we believe the application of our skills can add value and be enduring.

Independent minded

We are often contrarian and have the courage to fly in the face of popular opinion or conventional wisdom. We value, seek and foster diversity of opinion and thought.

Individually accountable

We have great faith in the power of the individual to make a difference. We believe that the best decisions are made by individuals not committees and we accept responsibility for the consequences of our actions.

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Key staff

Rob Formby
Non-executive director
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Rob is chief operating officer. He joined Allan Gray in 2009 taking on joint responsibility for the retail business, specifically operations, technology and financial management. He was previously employed at Mvelaphanda Group and as a strategy consultant and holds an MBA from INSEAD and an engineering degree from UCT.

Tapologo Motshubi
Tapologo Motshubi
Non-executive director
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Tapologo joined the Allan Gray Nigeria board in 2019. He is the chief executive officer of Allan Gray Kenya. Prior to that he was appointed the managing director of Allan Gray Botswana and Allan Gray Namibia in 2007 and 2011, respectively. He is a graduate of the universities of Cape Town and Natal and is a chartered accountant in South Africa and a CFA charter holder. Prior to joining Allan Gray, he completed his articles at Grant Thornton in Cape Town, South Africa. He is a registered chartered accountant in South Africa.

Obinnia Abajue
Non-executive director
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Obinnia joined the Allan Gray Nigeria board in 2019. He is the chief executive officer of Hygeia HMO Limited. Prior to joining Hygeia HMO, he oversaw business transformation for Standard Bank’s personal and business banking business in Africa. Prior to this, he served as executive director and head of personal and business banking at Stanbic IBTC Bank and before then, he was acting CEO of Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited and head of wealth management for Stanbic IBTC, overseeing the pensions, asset management and trusteeship businesses. Obinnia earned a Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos and a Diploma and Master’s in Business Administration from Imperial College, London. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria.

Claire Solomon
Non-executive director
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Claire is Head of Finance and is responsible for the accounting functions across the Allan Gray group of companies. Claire joined Allan Gray in 2001 with previous experience in financial services. She has an honours in Business Science and a postgraduate diploma in accounting from UCT.

Jamil Toyo
Jamil Toyo
Executive director
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Jamil joined Allan Gray in 2009 as an operations consultant in the retail business. He has worked in a number of analytical roles, including as a business analyst for Allan Gray’s African expansion. Jamil holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a CFA charterholder.

Oluwatosin Lawal
Oluwatosin Lawal
Legal & compliance officer
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Tosin joined Allan Gray in 2014. Prior to that, she worked at the law firm of Perchstone and Graeys. She was also a senior legal analyst and assistant branch compliance officer of Lotus Capital. Tosin earned a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from the University of Lagos and a Master’s in International Commercial Law (LLM) from the Robert Gordon University.

JP Hamman
JP Hamman
Head of operations: Africa (ex-SA)
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JP joined Allan Gray in 2007 as a quality assurance checker in the retail business. He has fulfilled various leadership roles and joined the Africa (ex-SA) unit in 2016. JP earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Stellenbosch University and an Honours in Industrial Psychology from the University of South Africa.

Our approach to investing is simple

We look closely at businesses. We buy shares we think are undervalued and sell them when we think they have reached their worth, regardless of popular opinion.
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We are based in Africa and have global expertise

Our headquarters are in Cape Town, and we have offices across Africa (offices indicated in red). We also have an affiliate office in Australia. We are partners with Orbis (offices indicated in blue), with whom we share a founder, investment philosophy and values. Orbis provides us with access to foreign markets, backed by expert research and a long-term track record.
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We pursue long-term returns without taking undue risks

What $ 10,000 invested in 1974 would be worth today (30 September 2019):

Invested with Allan Gray (before fees) FTSE/JSE All Share Index (log scale) R 160 000 000 R 160 000 000 10 YEARS 1974 Today

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