Fabrice Drouin Ristori (Founder/CEO)
Fabrice Drouin Ristori, a 40-year old French investor and entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO of Goldbroker.com. Fabrice Drouin Ristori holds a Master degree in Entrepreneurship/Finance from the Kedge Business School (2004) and is the recipient of the 2003 Euro-Mediterranean Student Enterprise award.
Anticipating that the online gaming sector in Europe would develop, he co-founded in Malta, when he was 27 (2006), two internet marketing companies serving the online gaming sector. Having started to invest in precious metals in 2008, he created Goldbroker.com in 2011, after having sold his companies. Goldbroker.com is an investment platform that allows individuals to own physical gold and silver in their own name and without any intermediation, stored securely outside of the banking system.
Fabrice gained the trust of one of the most important physical gold funds manager in Switzerland, Egon von Greyerz, who joined Goldbroker.com’s board of directors in November, 2012.
You will find his analyses of the precious metals markets on this page.
Egon von Greyerz
Egon von Greyerz, Founder of Matterhorn Asset Management AG (MAM) and Goldswitzerland.com, joined the board of FDR Capital Ltd in November, 2012.*
Mr. von Greyerz forecasted the current problems in the world economy well over 10 years ago. In 2002 (when gold was $300/oz), MAM recommended its investors put 50% of their assets into physical gold stored outside the banking system.
Starting out in Geneva as a banker, he went on to spend 17 years as Finance Director and Executive Vice-Chairman of Dixons Group Plc, an FTSE 100 company in the UK.
Since the 1990s, Mr. von Greyerz has been actively involved with financial investment activities including Mergers and Acquisitions and Asset Allocation consultancy for private family funds. This led in 1998 to the creation of Matterhorn Asset Management, a company based on wealth preservation principles. The GoldSwitzerland Division was created to facilitate the buying and storage of physical gold and silver for private investors, companies, trusts and pension funds.
Egon von Greyerz makes regular media appearances on CNBC, BBC and King World News, and speaks at investment conferences around the world. He also publishes articles on precious metals, the world economy and wealth preservation.
* Egon Von Greyerz is a Board Member and shareholder of FDR Capital Ltd.
Goldbroker.com (Goldbroker Group) was founded in 2011 by Fabrice Drouin Ristori, French entrepreneur and investor, and graduate of the Kedge Business School (2004).
In 2010, after seven years of entrepreneurship in the online gaming sector, Fabrice Drouin Ristori sold his stakes in two companies he co-founded and was faced with the problem of investing his money in an unstable financial context.
His objective is then to continue his entrepreneurial activities, without having to worry about an active management of his assets. Like many savers, he simply wants to "sleep peacefully" on his savings.
As early as 2008, Fabrice Drouin Ristori identified gold as a safe investment that would guarantee the stability of the purchasing power of his savings over the long term.
However, the choice of this financial asset was only the first step in a long process of identifying the appropriate support. In reality, choosing gold is not enough, it is also necessary to find the right way to hold and store it.
After having tested gold ETFs (financial products, "paper gold"), which he eventually realized that they do not guarantee the actual holding of physical gold, Fabrice Drouin Ristori turned to renting a safe deposit box at a bank. But all the banks refused to insure its contents and do not buy back the gold quickly and securely. A short experience of holding gold in 'mutualized' form does not satisfy him either, because the gold is not stored in his own name and it is impossible to access it directly to verify its existence.
He also understands that storing precious metals outside his country of residence is wise to protect himself from possible seizure by the government.
The quest for political stability quickly leads him to the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland, concluded in 1815 at the Congress of Vienna, which guarantees the integrity and inviolability of its territory. Moreover, Switzerland is the world's largest center for refining physical precious metals. Four of the world's seven largest gold refineries are located in Switzerland; 70% of the world's gold ingots are produced here every year.
After lengthy research, Fabrice Drouin Ristori came up with the following solution to protect his assets: no paper gold, nor storage in the banking system, but storage outside the country of residence, in a politically stable country, via a security company that knows his identity, with direct access to the vault, as well as a contractual guarantee to be the one and only owner of the physical gold (no intermediary at the storage level).
As of 2011, he foresees major financial and monetary problems, and considers that many savers will once again turn to physical gold to protect their savings in the long term.
Faced with this uncertain financial situation and the void in terms of optimal investment support in physical gold, Fabrice Drouin Ristori decides to found Goldbroker.com in order to protect his own financial assets and to provide a solution for the many savers in the same situation as him.
In 2012, Egon Von Greyerz, Managing Director of Matterhorn Asset Management (Goldswitzerland), a world reference in precious metals investment, joins the company's capital and brings his long experience in asset protection.
In 2019, the Goldbroker Group will change its name in France and will now operate under the OR.FR brand, of which Mr. Etienne Dargent will be the operational director.
In September 2020, the Goldbroker Group moves its headquarters to London, the world's leading physical gold trading center, and also opens an operational office in Barcelona to accelerate its international development. With a qualified and experienced team of fifteen people, Goldbroker/OR.FR provides its services on the French, English, German and Spanish speaking markets.
In 2020, the Goldbroker Group achieves a consolidated turnover of 60 million euros and manages a stock of precious metals worth several hundred million euros.
In 2021, the Goldbroker Group celebrates its 10th anniversary.
We also provide education to the public about the current monetary/financial system, on why diversification is paramount, and on how precious metals should play an important role in safeguarding your wealth in today's changing world.
Goldbroker.com’s editors are precious metals specialists, each bringing exclusive analyses (geo-political, geo-strategic, technical or economic) that bring big-picture understanding of all the factors contributing to the evolution of the markets.
Our team, with its many years of experience, aims to give investors as much information as possible to help them in taking decisions independently and objectively in the precious metals sector.
We also regularly publish interviews with fund managers and independent specialists and analysts to let our readers and our investing clients further their analyses of the precious metals markets.