Portia Derby Biography: Salary, Net Worth, Age, Transnet, Qualifications, New Husband, Wikipedia, Parents


Portia Derby is a 52-year-old South African businesswoman and economist born in Pietermaritzburg.

She was appointed managing director of the famous Transnet SOC Ltd and is the founding mother and CEO of Ubu Investment Holdings Pty Ltd.

Ms. Portia Derby is a member of the Board of Directors of UBANK Ltd.

South African businesswoman

Portia Derby
Portia Derby: History, Pictures
Wiki data
Birth name: Portia derby
Husband: Brian Molefe (div.)
Wage: 100,000 USD (monthly)
Born: May 21, 1972 (52 years old)
Place of birth: Pietermaritzburg
Nationality: South Africa
Job: Business woman
Net value: 500,000 USD- 2,000,000 USD

Early Life & Education

Portia Derby was born in 1972 on May 21. The exact day and month is May 21 when she celebrated her birthday. She is South African and runs a business in Johannesburg.

For her university studies, Portia Derby attended the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, where she obtained a Bachelor of Economics degree.

Immediately after receiving her degree, she continued studying the MBA program at the University of Witwatersrand.


Ms. Portia Derby founded Ubu Investment Holdings Pty Ltd and served as the company’s CEO for a period of time.

In February 2020, she was appointed Group Chief Executive of Transnet SOC Ltd. She is also a member of the board of directors of Ubank Ltd.

During the South African economic reform period, Ms. Portia Derby held high positions in the government as follows;

  • 2002: Executive Director of Department of Industry and Trade.
  • 2004 – 2005: Corporate strategy and investment portfolio structure.
  • 2005 – 2009: General Director of a public enterprise (2005 – 2009)

Portia Derby also worked as a finance researcher at the National Institute of Economic Policy (NIEP). This is where her career in government began.

From 1997 to 2001, Portia was part of the team that established the National Trade and Investment Promotion Agency. At one point, she became its CEO.

She also served as a non-executive director of Metair Investments and Safcol. And is Managing Director: An Africa client at Aurecon (an international engineering and infrastructure consulting company).

She also served as CEO of South African Trade and Investment.

Personal life

In 1993, Portia Derby married Brian Molefe (former CEO of Transnet and CEO of Eskom).

Unfortunately, the couple divorced and went their separate ways.

Net value

Successful South African businesswoman and CEO, Portia Derby has amassed a huge net worth of $500,000 – $15,000,000.

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