Aviva buys majority stake in RAW portfolio company Wealthify
Aviva today announces an agreement to acquire a majority shareholding in Wealthify Group Limited, the holding company of Wealthify. Wealthify is a low cost, 'robo' investment service which is making investment affordable and accessible to the UK mass market.
Wealthify was co-founded by award-winning technology entrepreneur, Dr Richard Theo, Guernsey-based RAW Capital Partners, and former Guernsey resident, Michelle Pearce. The business launched in April 2016.
Wealthify aims to attract millennials and those who are new to investment by providing a simple, easy to use and low fee digital investment service. For a minimum investment of £1 customers can invest in one of five diversified investment plans through ISAs and general investment accounts.
Wealthify will be accessible to Aviva’s customers through MyAviva, where it will be available alongside other Aviva products and services. Aviva’s investment will also support Wealthify’s business development, helping to accelerate Wealthify’s future growth plans.
Richard Avery-Wright of RAW Capital Partners, Co-founder and Chairman of Wealthify, said:
We are absolutely delighted by the news that Aviva is making a significant investment in Wealthify, a business with very strong connections to the Channel Islands. Much of the investment capital to date has come from the Channel Islands, especially from clients of RAW Capital Partners in Guernsey. The Wealthify team has worked tirelessly for the past three years to deliver an online investment platform that enables anyone to become an investor. It provides a level playing field and access to diversified investment portfolios for people who might have traditionally found it difficult to allocate relatively small amounts of savings efficiently.”
Various media covered the news:
Blair Turnbull, Managing Director, Aviva UK Digital, said:
"Wealthify aims to take the complexity out of investing. It is remarkably easy to use, with no complicated jargon, no expensive fees, and you can start investing with as little as £1. It is particularly aimed at traditional cash savers, who are seeking to diversify their investments, and also at millennials who appreciate an effortless and straightforward digital experience.
“Wealthify combines a smart management team with great technology and a start-up culture. Together with the brand and financial strength of Aviva, we are very excited about the future opportunity, making Wealthify available to Aviva customers through the convenience of our MyAviva online and App experience.
“This is another important step in Aviva’s digital strategy. It underlines our commitment to invest in and partner with leading digital businesses, allowing our customers to benefit from new technology and making insurance and investments simpler, easier and more convenient.”
Richard Theo, Co-founder and CEO of Wealthify, said:
“It’s with great excitement that we’re announcing the partnership with Aviva today. This significant investment in the emerging ‘robo’ market, by one of the world’s largest and most recognised financial services brands, is validation of the vision we set out to achieve three years ago to change investing for the better. Aviva’s investment and access to their millions of UK customers gives us confidence that we can become the leader in this market in the UK and beyond.
“We are particularly proud that our business was born in Cardiff, home to a thriving financial services, software and start-up eco-system, which benefits enormously from the Welsh Government’s vision to position Cardiff and Wales as one of the UK’s leading locations for fintech and entrepreneurs.
“Aviva’s investment in our business reflects a clear shift in market demand for high-quality, technology-enabled financial services solutions like Wealthify. With the backing of such an established and trusted consumer finance brand, we feel ever more confident in our mission to bring the benefits of investing to mass-market savers and encourage them to embrace our service as a hassle free way to invest.
Michelle Pearce, co-founder and Chief Investment Officer, Wealthify, said:
“The capital investment from Aviva will be used primarily to accelerate our ambitious growth plans as well as develop our technology to enhance the proposition. We will remain focused on simplicity, affordability and transparency. “We’re proud of our Channel Island roots and of the strong connection we’ve retained with Guernsey through our shareholders.”