After high school, Frank Zweegers began to take an interest in investing. Not bound by convention or any preconceived sectoral bias, from his first investment onwards, Frank has always invested in people. He believes in fostering an ownership mindset in the executives of the entities within his portfolio and investing in the businesses to deliver sustainable value over an extremely long-time horizon, not only financially, but also in a material way.
Due to this innovative approach, ZBG’s portfolio has varied over the years. In more recent times, Frank Zweegers’ portfolio has coalesced around the three business areas of real estate development & investment, agriculture and technology. In each area, ZBG’s businesses aim to use natural elements of the earth to improve the lives of people.
Frank Zweegers’ grandfather, Piet Zweegers Sr, founded his own company “PZ” in 1937, manufacturing a range of threshers and mills, advanced equipment for that day and age. Following this tradition, Piet’s four sons Piet Jr., Andre, Tony and Jan, continued the family’s innovative track-record by inventing the cyclomower in 1964, an agricultural grass mower which is still in use today. An interest in agriculture and the urge to make a positive contribution to the production of value from the ground is clearly in Frank’s blood. With a growing world population, Frank Zweegers understands it is of the utmost importance to help farmers optimize their productivity and efficiency. Precision farming focuses on developing new technologies, equipment and methods to achieve exactly that. It is therefore an important area for ZBG to invest.
Similarly, ZBG has invested in an innovative technology company that speeds up the development and approval of innovative medical devices and machinery that help patients be diagnosed in a smoother, quicker and less painful way and improves therapies that cure diseases and other health issues.
Frank Zweegers also invests in real estate development. The growth in popularity of urban living especially in key international cities, is a main driver for his real estate projects. The aim is to provide millennials access to the city lifestyle, which is an increasing challenge due to the shortage of quality housing and office space in many markets. Developing new, more sustainable real estate projects is helping to solve this societal problem.
With these investment focus areas ZBG aims to have a lasting positive effect on the future of this earth and the people on it