Our history


Founded more than 125 years ago as an engineering conglomerate, Sofina is an investment company listed on Euronext Brussels, investing patient capital in growing companies managed by like-minded entrepreneurs and partners, with equity holdings in Europe, Asia and the United States.

  • 125 years history
  • First investment in a B Corp certified company
  • Issuance of EUR 700 million senior bonds
  • Launch of the Sofina Covid Solidarity Fund
  • Sofina adheres to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment
  • More than half of Sofina’s portfolio is invested outside Europe
  • Singapore office opens and Sofina Growth is reinforced, mainly in India, China and the United States
  • First investment in e-commerce
  • Strategic move towards growth and more international exposure

    Creation of the SofinaBoël Fund for Education and Talent, Sofina’s philanthropic project
  • First investments in venture and growth capital funds in India and China
  • Reinforcement of the Boël family shareholding following the acquisition of Société Générale de Belgique’s stake
  • First investments in venture and growth capital funds in the United States
  • Sofina becomes an investment company
  • The Boël family enters the share capital
  • The Luxembourg office opens
  • Initial Public Offering
  • Foundation of Sofina (“Société Financière de Transport et d’Entreprises Industrielles”), an engineering conglomerate, active in the energy and transportation sectors