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The story of Robeco, the Investment Engineers

Robeco at a glance

Robeco is an international asset manager offering an extensive range of active investments, from equities to bonds. Research lies at the heart of everything we do, with a ‘pioneering but cautious’ approach that has been in our DNA since our foundation in Rotterdam in 1929. We believe strongly in sustainability investing, quantitative techniques and constant innovation.

Research from the very beginning

As Investment Engineers, we have placed the acquisition of knowledge at our core ever since our first director said “every investment strategy should be research-driven”. Through the unique integration of three types of research - Fundamental, Sustainable and Quantitative - we can offer ground-breaking investment strategies to our clients.

Our philosophy

Robeco in the Middle East

Since 2000 Robeco has offered clients in the Middle East the unique advantage of local knowledge and specialist investment capabilities, combined with the global strength and expertise of ORIX Europe, our parent company headquartered in the Netherlands.

As one of the leading asset managers worldwide, we offer a solid base in Europe with expertise to match, as well as a prominent presence in the rest of the world including Asia, America and the Middle East. Robeco has been operating in the Middle East for almost two decades, with a presence not only including the six countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council, but also the Levant and Central Asia.

The Robeco Middle East office is located in the DIFC and regulated by the DFSA.

Our vision in the Middle East and Central Asia is to be recognised and valued as a world-class asset manager for expert institutional investors.

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1929: Laying the Foundations

Just weeks after the Wall Street Crash, seven Rotterdam businessmen formed a syndicate to invest people's savings and manage money collectively. They named it the Rotterdamsch Beleggings Consortium, later shortened to Robeco. They thought stocks had hit at a low point, but due to the Great Depression, they lost half their money in the first two years. However, they persevered, laying the foundations for the modern Robeco.
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Facts & Figures

  • Robeco has EUR 176 billion AuM (December 2020)
  • We invest in emerging markets since 1930
  • We have developed high yield investment strategies since 1998
  • EUR 160 billion is managed in ESG-integrated assets (December 2020)
  • EUR 80 billion is managed based on Quant models (December 2020)
  • We employ 930 people at 17 offices worldwide (December 2020)


Robeco Switzerland Ltd. is a subsidiary of Robeco. Robeco has both functional oversight of Robeco Switzerland Ltd. and majority representation on the Board of Directors. 

Robeco is fully owned by ORIX Europe, a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation. ORIX Corporation is a Japanese business conglomerate that started operating in 1964. 

Robeco has an Executive Committee and a Supervisory Board. The Executive Committee develops and executes the Robeco strategy, and manages the company on a day-to-day basis. The Supervisory Board monitors the execution of the company policy and advises the Executive Committee. Its members includes a representative from ORIX Corporation.

Executive committee Supervisory Board Robeco ORIX Europe ORIX Corporation
Sustainability Report

Sustainability Report

Robeco launched its first sustainable investing product in 1995 and has been at the forefront of sustainable investing since then. We believe that integrating sustainability factors into the investment process leads to better-informed investment decisions and healthier long-term, risk-adjusted returns. Read all about this in our Sustainability Report 2019.

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