Sonja Steyn

Financial Mail - - MONEY&INVESTING - Head of wealth man­age­ment, Mo­men­tum Con­sult

If some­one came to you to­mor­row with R100m to in­vest in just one com­pany, which would it be?

In­stead of a com­pany I woul ds uggest the MSCI world in­dex ex­change traded fund, as this al­lows for di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion world­wide with less con­cen­tra­tion risk.

What was your first-ever job?

A psy­chome­trist in a psy­chol­ogy prac­tice.

What’s the best in­vest­ment you’ve ever made?

In­vest­ing in pri­vate eq­uity.

Do you own bit­coin? And why?

No, un­like other in­vest­ments, cryp­tocur­ren­cies are not reg­u­lated and in­volve high risk as prices tend to be volatile. I pre­fer in­vest­ments based on sound fi­nan­cial plan­ning and in­vest­ment prin­ci­ples.

What is your great­est extravagance?

Fur­ni­ture and dé­cor items for my home.

How much was your first pay cheque, and what did you do with it?

It was R2,000 in 1993. A por­tion went to­wards my study loan and the rest to liv­ing ex­penses.

What travel ex­pe­ri­ence is on your bucket list?

A boat cruise on the Mediter­ranean later this year.

What’s the worst in­vest­ment you’ve ever made?

I have not made a bad in­vest­ment, but in­vest­ing in a share port­fo­lio ear­lier.

What’s your favourite song?

“Sum­mer of 69” by Bryan Adams. I do re­gret not

If you could fix one thing in SA to­day, what would it be?

Ed­u­ca­tion. To ad­dress the skills short­age, to fill the gaps in the eco­nomic sec­tors that will drive a self­suf­fi­cient econ­omy and thus cre­ate a bet­ter life for all.

If you could turn back time, what would you change in your life?

I would start my own busi­ness in coach­ing and busi­ness con­sult­ing.

Name a place you’ve been to that lived up to the hype.

The Namib desert and Sos­susvlei in Namibia.

If you found a lot­tery ticket to­mor­row that had won US$100M, what would you do with it?

I would use and ap­ply it as fol­lows: sup­port and fund com­mu­nity projects, in­vest a por­tion for wealth preser­va­tion and ful­fil my bucket list and dreams.

Ap­ple or Sam­sung (or Nokia)?


What is your most trea­sured pos­ses­sion?

An an­tique cup­board that has been in my fam­ily for gen­er­a­tions.

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