Robert Maple-Brown founded Maple-Brown Abbott with Chris Abbott in 1984
Robert was the son of a grazier and learnt about the different seasons and the unpredictable nature of farming, which helped him form an appreciation of the long-term, looking through shorter-term cycles.
In 1970 he joined Rothschild Australia after graduating from the University of NSW with a commerce degree. After managing money for 14 years he teamed up with Chris Abbott and started Maple-Brown Abbott employing a value-based investment philosophy that is still used today in the MBA Australian equities business.
Robert’s investment record is second to none in Australia, achieved through many market and economic cycles, distinguishing himself and the firm by being able to stand aside from the momentum and bravado in markets at times while retaining his value-based perspective. He set a standard of what can be achieved and was a role model to others who followed.
Robert received an Order of Australia Medal in 2010 for his services to the community through leadership and executive roles with a range of charitable organisations in the areas of arts, health, welfare, medical research, education and through philanthropy. He passed away in 2012. The Maple-Brown Family Charitable Foundation continues to support more than 100 charities. His values and the way he carried himself is his legacy to the firm and the funds management industry.