Sir Francis Henry "Frank" Renouf
(31 July 191813 September 1998) was a prominent New Zealand
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tycoon and financier
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. His obituary in the Dominion
was headed: "Flamboyant Renouf shook starch out of financial world".
He was born in Wellington
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and educated at Wellington College
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and Victoria University College. He then joined the 2nd NZEF as a Captain, was captured in Greece, and spent most of the war in a German POW camp. He then studied for a Diploma at Worcester College, Oxford and was an Oxford Blue in tennis fron 1948 to 1949.
He was a businessman and a stockbroker from 1950, as a partner in the Wellington stockbroking firm of Daysh, Renouf & Co with Harry Edgar Duff Daysh, known as Duff. The firm was originally Daysh, Longuet and Frethey, with Geoff Longuet and Edmund Albertus (Bert) Frethey. Renouf was blackballed from joining the Wellesley Club because of the circumstances of him joining Daysh and Frethey, as business then had a "gentleman's club" atmosphere. (Jesson pages 102-103)
In the 1980s and 1990s he became a prominent business celebrity in Australia
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and New Zealand. He introduced unit trusts to New Zealand, and New Zealand's first merchant bank. Upon the death of Duff Daysh in 1975, Renouf later removed the Daysh name from the stockbroking firm Daysh, Renouf & Co and it became known as Frank Renouf & Co. He set up three companies in 1981, Frank Renouf & Co, Renouf Corporation and Renouf Property. In the 1987 sharemarket crash he lost 90% of his fortune.
Frank Renouf was President of the New Zealand Lawn Tennis Association 1985-86. The Renouf Tennis Centre
in Wellington is named after him. He was knighted in 1987. He died in 1998 in Wellington.
He was married three times. His second wife (1985) was Susan Renouf
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(formerly Susan Peacock and Susan Sangster), a thrice-married socialite.
His third wife (1991) was Michele Renouf
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, to whom he was briefly married.