Active Income Management ™

Our Story

Bridge Fund Managers was founded in 2009 under the Grindrod Asset Management brand when a number of asset management projects within Grindrod Bank were grouped together under a single asset management brand. Initially there were two main business lines; Private Clients (which housed the wealth management activities) and Investment Products (which housed the unit trust and distribution capabilities).

The business has enjoyed significant growth over the years, both from organic and acquisitive sources.

Towards the end of 2016 the Board of Directors of Grindrod Asset Management took the decision to introduce Infinitus Holdings (Pty) Limited, an investment holding company focused on high growth businesses in the consumer, industrial and financial services sectors, as a new shareholder in the company. The Boards of Grindrod Limited, Grindrod Asset Management and Infinitus were fully supportive of this initiative and the necessary regulatory and competition approvals were secured.

The transaction provided an opportunity to rebrand the business and Bridge Fund Managers came into being in late 2016.

Effective 1 November 2018, the Private Client and Stockbroking Divisions of Bridge Fund Managers were sold to Sanlam Private Wealth, in order to allow the business to focus on developing its institutional and retail investment offerings that have enjoyed significant growth since 2012.

Bridges connect places, people and ideas, provide a secure and more direct route to a destination, and are custom-designed for a particular purpose and terrain. But they also require regular maintenance, just like clients’ investment portfolios and plans, to ensure that they produce the desired outcomes. We believe our new name reflects our investment approach and philosophy.


  • Launched the Bridge Living Annuity in January 2018
  • Assets in Bridge Collective Investments grew 9% to R4.6 billion
  • One-Bridge, the new single access client investment portal was unveiled
  • The Bridge Retirement Annuity Fund, Bridge Pension Preservation Fund and Bridge Provident Preservation Funds were opened


  • Opened Stockbrokers office in Sandton
  • Assets in Bridge Collective Investments grew 30% to R4.2 billion
  • Bridge Managed Growth Fund grew 65% to R1.5 billion
  • Bridge Stable Growth Fund grew 63% to R1.1 billion
  • Three year headline sponsorship of Bridge Fund Managers Junior Golf Series


  • Grindrod Asset Management (Pty) Ltd changes its name to Bridge Fund Managers
  • Infinitus Holdings (Pty) Ltd acquire 76% of Bridge Fund Managers
  • Bridge Fund Managers brand developed
  • R14.8 billion AUM
  • Significant growth in small to medium sized pension fund assets under management
  • Phase 2 of the Scenario Simulation Tool delivered to the advisor market


  • Launch of Scenario Simulation Tool- a financial planning aid for IFA’s
  • Staff compliment: 45 (including 17 investment professionals)
  • Key staff acquire 24% of Grindrod Asset Management
  • Reconfiguration of the entire SA and global Payers & Growers® fund range
  • Payers & Growers® funds attain 3 year track records
  • R13.3 billion AUM
  • CIS fund assets grew by 62%


  • R11.6 billion AUM
  • Staff Complement: 41
  • Launch of the Wildlands Blue Fund- a conservation initiative supported by Grindrod Asset Management and Grindrod Bank


  • R10.3 billion AUM
  • Launch of offshore trading platform by Grindrod Securities


  • R8.7 billion AUM
  • Purchase of Plexus Asset Management
  • CIS product range expanded to 8 funds


  • R3.8 billion AUM
  • Grindrod Collective Investments (Pty) Ltd approved as Unit Trust Manco by FSB
  • Launch of Grindrod Securities


  • R2.8 billion AUM
  • Appointed by Nedgroup as fund manager for Nedgroup Investments Property Fund
  • Launch of Grindrod International Property Fund ($) in Dublin


  • Grindrod Asset Management formed
  • Consolidation of all asset management activities of Grindrod Bank under one brand
  • Category I and II Asset Management licences approved
  • Appointment of Chief Investment Officer
  • Launch of Grindrod Global Property Income Fund
  • R2.1 billion AUM


  • Launch of the first CIS fund – Grindrod Diversified Preference Share Fund


  • Purchase of trust company from Old Mutual- name changed to Kingsmead Trust
  • Asset Management licence granted
  • Establishment of Cape Town office
  • Marriott Merchant Bank changes name to Grindrod Bank


  • Grindrod Limited acquires 100% of Marriott Merchant Bank
  • Grindrod Private Clients AUM R1.5 billion


  • Establishment of office in Johannesburg
  • Grindrod Private Clients AUM R380 million
  • Private Client staff compliment: 8


  • Grindrod Limited shareholding in Marriott Merchant bank increased to 50%


  • Private Client business established
  • Bank licence granted: Marriott Merchant Bank