Adrian Cronje, Ph.D., CFA
Adrian Cronje is Balentine's Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, the firm has experienced exponential growth. In 2023, Adrian was recognized as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEOs. In addition, Balentine was named one of America's fastest-growing companies by Inc. and one of America's fastest-growing Registered Investment Advisors by Citywire RIA. Adrian is a founding partner of Balentine, its former Chief Investment Officer, and a member of both the management committee and the investment strategy team. Previously, Adrian served as Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Strategist at Wilmington Trust and chaired its investment strategy team. Adrian began his career at Schroders in London as Director, Deputy Head of Quantitative Equity Products.
Adrian holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics, with honors, from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Adrian is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of both Vistage International and The Young President's Organization (YPO). He serves on the Journal of Wealth Management Editorial Board and is Chair of the Wealth Management Vertical for YPO's Global Financial Services network. Adrian is a Trustee of Agnes Scott College, the founding President of the not-for-profit A+ Squash, and President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Atlanta in 2024-2025.
A frequently requested speaker, Adrian has published several papers and addressed national audiences on topics relating to investments and the economy.In addition, he enjoys teaching and is a recurrent guest lecturer at several prominent local universities. He regularly contributes his expertise in wealth and legacy to entrepreneurial publications such as Fast Company and Real Leaders Magazine. In 2010, Adrian was named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 40 Under 40, an honor designating the region’s up-and-coming business and community leaders. He was also an honoree at TiE Atlanta’s 2018 Top Entrepreneur Awards. In 2019, Adrian was recognized as a top new speaker for Vistage International for his highly rated talk on how “Capital Markets Lead the Economy, Not the Other Way Around.” He is also a published author. First Generation Wealth, a book he co-wrote with Chairman Robert Balentine, won the Nautilus Book Award in 2023.