Gloria Serobe profile

Gloria Serobe is a co-founder of Wiphold and chair of the Solidarity Fund.

Gloria Serobe (born 20 September 1959) is a South African businesswoman. She is one of four co-founders of Women Investment Portfolio Holdings.

Ms Serobe is a pioneer in broad-based economic empowerment for women. She is an honorary member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa. She has contributed as a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Committee. 

Gloria Serobe
Gloria Serobe biography
Ms Gloria Serobe is a pioneer in broad-based economic empowerment for women.
Short Profile
Full name:Gloria Tomatoe Serobe
Born:20 September 1959 (age 63 years old)
Place of birth:Guguletu, Western Cape
Nationality:South African
Alma mater:University of Transkei

Early Life

Gloria Serobe was born on 20 September 1959 in Guguletu, Western Cape, South Africa.


Gloria holds a BCom degree from the former University of Transkei. She obtained an MBA from Rutgers University in New Jersey, the United States.

Nelson Mandela University conferred Ms Gloria with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (honoris causa).


Ms Gloria Serobe is a notable businessperson. She is a pioneer in the field of broad-based economic empowerment for women. She has contributed to the lives of women from all walks of life.

The businessperson has created platforms to enhance the participation of women in the economy. She is among the four founders of Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (Wiphold). It is the first women’s group established post-1994 to list on the JSE.

Gloria is the Chief Executive Officer of Wipcapital, a subsidiary of Wiphold. She has seen work for a long time in business. She has held top positions in companies.

Some of the companies Gloria has worked with include Exxon Corporation (USA) and Reinsurance Company of SA. She serves as a member of the Tourism Board.

Serobe serves on several boards of directors and is the Chairperson for Adcorp Holdings Limited. She is the former Chairperson of the Board of the Independent Ports Regulator. She is a board member of Old Mutual, Nedbank, Denel, and Safin.

The businessperson is an honorary member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa. She serves on the advisory council of the South African Institute for Chartered Accountants. 

Ms Serobe is notable for her contributions as a Member of the Presidential Working Group for Women.

President Ramaphosa appointed her to head the Solidarity Fund in March 2020. She has appeared for interviews across many media platforms. She is on the advisory council of SAICA. 


In 2003, she received the Impumelelo Top 300 Award. She won the Business category of the 2005 Top Women in Business and Government.

Serobe is a recipient of the 2004 ABSIP Pioneer of Empowerment Award. Ms Serobe and Louisa Mojela were finalists in the South Africa chapter of the Ernst and Young World Entrepreneur Award.

Gloria won the Businesswoman of the Year Award in the corporate category in 2006. She won the African Woman Chartered Accountants Woman of Substance Award in 2006. She received a Lifetime Achiever Award at the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies event and is the first female awardee.

Personal Life

Gloria Serobe is married to a businessman husband, Gaur. The couple has two sons.

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