Roodt said he used to mock Schüssler and called him a “pink economist” as his views on the economy were more liberal than his own.
“Well, Mike would call me an inflation Nazi ... we were close, we partied together when we were young.”
He said Schüssler was “naughty during his younger days”.
“He was a very likable guy.”
Schüssler was a music lover with an amazing knowledge about different genres, Roodt said.
“He had a huge knowledge of music, his collection had very old Afrikaans music to the most recent rap music, he had everything,”
Roodt said Schüssler attended Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) where he completed his master’s degree.
“One thing that people don't know about him is that he was anti-National Party.”
He shared an anecdote about how Schüssler was fired from the RAU radio station after having a go at the National Party during one of his shows as a presenter at the university's station.
Tributes are pouring in for the founder of the Economists.co.za research house.