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business_handshakeFor 55 years, and over 3 generations, the Maister family built, operated and then successfully sold what was one of the largest privately-owned corporations in Africa. The cornerstone of the group – Yellow Pages South Africa – proved to be one of the most successful and innovative publishing operations worldwide of its time.

Since then, the Maister family established a dynamic Family Office, that will ensure that future generations participate in and enjoy the opportunities created by this wealth.

MFO Investments, through its corporate entities, now manages a broad range of investments in Australia and internationally.

Our aim is to grow our capital through an investment approach that focuses on creating long-term value.

Our activities include seeking out high-quality investments for inclusion in our portfolio.

 

Who We are

Dennis Maister – Director  

Dennis is a Director of MFO Investments, following a highly successful career spanning 55 years in a number of family-owned businesses.

 

  • Founder/Chairman of Yellow Pages South Africa
  • Executive Chairman Claude Neon SA
  • Numerous international business and philanthropic directorships

 

Jonathan Maister – Managing Director 

Jonathan is Managing Director of MFO Investments. He previously had a 30-year international career in both family-owned business and large corporations.

  • CEO Yellow Pages South Africa. Sales Director of Sensis, a Telstra subsidiary
  • Awarded ITT Global Excellence Award for Leadership and Corporate Restructuring
  • Numerous international business and philanthropic directorships

 

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Sam Chipkin – Chief Investment Officer 

Sam is CIO of MFO Investments. He previously had a 12-year investment and investment banking career with Macquarie Capital in Sydney and New York.

  • Experience leading investment and valuation, commercial negotiations, business plan development, managing financing, documentation & due diligence across Australian and US markets. $18bn+ of transactions and investments
  • Board directorships of portfolio companies and non-for profits
  • Combined Bachelor of Commerce and Laws from the University of New South Wales

Martin Heymann – CFO   

Martin is CFO of MFO Investments. He has 20 years as an accounting executive across a range of industries including the hi-tech, wealth management and insurance space.

 

  • Accounting qualifications in Australia, South Africa, America and Israel with an MBA from Kellogg-Recanati
  • CFO of 4Cabling (MFO Investments portfolio company), a number of start-up companies including Neurosonix, Nogatech and GWS Photonics