With 25 years’ experience in investment research and portfolio management, Dr Prieur du Plessis is one of the most experienced and well-known investment professionals in South Africa. More than 1 000 of his articles on investment-related topics have been published in various regular newspaper, journal and Internet columns. He also published a book, Financial Basics: Investment, in 2002.

He holds the following degrees: BSc (Quantity Surveying) (Cape Town), HonsB (B & A) (cum laude) (Stellenbosch), MBA (cum laude) (Stellenbosch); and DBA (Doctor of Financial Management) (Stellenbosch).

Prieur is chairman of the Plexus group of companies, which he founded in 1995. Previously he was general manager: portfolio management at Sanlam, responsible for the management of investment portfolios with total assets in excess of $5 billion.

Plexus is a pioneer in the mutual fund industry and has achieved a number of firsts under Prieur’s leadership. These include the authoritative Plexus Survey, a quarterly analysis of the consistency of the performance of unit trust management companies, the Plexus Offshore Survey, the Plexus Unit Trust Indices, and the PlexCrown Fund Ratings.

Plexus is the South African partner of John Mauldin, American author of the most widely distributed investment newsletter in the world, and also has an exclusive licensing agreement with California-based Research Affiliates for managing and distributing its enhanced Fundamental Index™ methodology in the Pan-African area.

In 2001 Prieur received the Santam/AHI Business Leader of the Year award for corporate leadership, business acumen and entrepreneurial flair. He was also profiled in the book South Africa’s Leading Managers (2006). Plexus received the AHI/Old Mutual Enterprise of the Year award in 1997 and was also included in the book South Africa’s Most Promising Companies (2005).

Prieur is 52 years old and lives with his wife, TV producer and presenter Isabel Verwey, and two children in Welgemoed, Cape Town. His recreational activities include long-distance running, motor cycling and reading. He belongs to the Cape Town Club, Johannesburg Country Club, Gordon’s Bay Yacht Club and Swiss Social & Sports Club.

4 Responses to “About Prieur du Plessis”

  1. Kevin Dieffenbach Says:

    Hello Dr.Prieur du Plessis. I am a small investor in the U.S. and I saw your article on Gold on Seeking Alpha website, so I clicked on your website and found a even more interesting article on Ljubjana. For some reason it just hit me hard. I have never even been to Europe (arm chair traveler) but I seemed compeled to travel there. I will research it further thanks to you. Would there be opportunities there for a small investor or entrepreneur?

  2. rich Says:

    I am a retired teacher/military officer here in US. Used to live in Gordon’s Bay in 1983 and taught at the Athlone school for the Blind in Bellville South. Loved your country and the people. Gordon’s Bay was a sleepy little town then. I am heavily invested in gold funds here since 2001 (USAGX,VGPMX, UNWPX, USERX) and have done quite well. Bit the bullet on Drooy though.

    Just discovered your site and will visit it often. Sad to say, I revisited SA in 2004 for a month and stayed with friend in Cape Town. I hope your fine country holds together and doesn’t go the way of Zimbabwe.


  3. Hello Dr Prieur du Plessis,

    I run a hedge fund blog and I would like to interview you sometime. I also own AfricaHedgefund.com, maybe we could work on a project together revolving around both of our writing and that domain name?

    – Richard

  4. Johann Slabbert Says:

    Dag ou vriend. Lanklaas gesien. Jy het ‘n indrukwekkende ‘site’. Baie geluk met al die toekennings – het altyd geweet jy het dit in jou!

    Gaan ook in die nuwe jaar Sandbaai toe, ‘n draai kom maak? Dan kan jy sommer vir die Daneels kom hello sê.

    Baie groete en seënwense, J

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