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Australia's & New Zealand's Richest

Who are the Richest?

 

1. James Packer

James Douglas Packer (born September 8, 1967) is an Australian businessman and Australia's richest man.

Packer is the son of the late billionaire media mogul, Kerry Packer. James Packer is the Executive Chairman of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL), which owns some stations of the Australian commercial television network, Nine. He also inherited the family private company: Consolidated Press Holdings Pty Ltd, which control investments in PBL and other companies.

2. Frank Lowy

Frank Lowy, AC(born in 1930 in Filakovo, Czechoslovakia) is a Jewish-Australian businessman . He is best known for his co-founding and continuing involvement with The Westfield Group, a retail giant that owns dozens of shopping centres in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Great Britain.

Lowy migrated to Australia after World War II, starting out delivering small goods. In 1953, he met fellow immigrant John Saunders. The pair became business partners, eventually creating Westfield (Saunders left the company in 1987). Business Review Weekly measured Lowy's wealth in 2005 at $A4.8 billion, making him Australia's second richest person.

3. Richard Pratt

Richard J. Pratt, AC (born 1934) is a prominent Australian businessman, chairman of the privately owned cardboard company, Visy Industries and a leading figure of Melbourne society. He is married to Jeanne Pratt and currently lives in Raheen, in the Melbourne suburb of Kew.

As of 2005, Pratt's personal fortune was valued at A$4.7 billion, and he was Australia's third richest man.

4. Graeme Hart

Graeme Hart, (born 1955) is a billionaire and businessman who has been reported to be the richest man in New Zealand. Similarly, he has been identified as one of the ten most powerful people in New Zealand. Forbes measured his networth to be $1.6 billion.

Hart's extremely successful business career has humble origins - in his younger days, he worked as a tow-truck driver and as a panel beater after leaving school at 16.

In 1987, Graeme completed an MBA from Otago University. His research thesis outlines the strategy for Rank then a small hire company to evolve into a major corporation.

Hart gained a big break when he bought Government Print Agency for less than its capital value. Future investment included Whitcoulls Group - which at that stage also included a retail chain of bookstores as well as office and stationary concerns.

5. John Gandel

Built fortune through shopping centres. Net worth at $1.4 billion.

6. Kerry Stokes

Kerry Stokes, AO is the chairman of Seven Network, one of the largest broadcasting corporations in Australia. Currently Stokes and the Seven Network owns commercial free-to-air television stations in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and regional Queensland as well as 14 magazines including New Idea, That's Life and K-zone. Stokes also owns a third of Sky News Australia, half of the internet portal Yahoo! 7 and formerly owned 49.9% of Ticketmaster7. Net worth at $1.1 billion.

7. Harry Triguboff

Harry Oscar Triguboff A.O (born March 3, 1933) is an Australian property developer and billionaire. He spent his early childhood in the white Russian Jewish community in Tients in the south of Beijing before coming to Australia in 1947 to be educated at Scotts College in Sydney. He later graduated with a degree in Textiles from Leeds University in England before working in textile businesses in Israel and South Africa.

He returned to Australia in 1960 and became an Australian citizen in 1961. He drove a taxi and owned a milk run before establishing Meriton Apartments and building his first block of units in 1963. Since that time he has evolved into one of Australia’s most successful property developers and a generous philanthropist, giving away $9 million to charity in 2005.

8. Bob Oatley

Net Worth: $900 million; Australia.

9. Bruce Gordon

Net Worth: $ 895 million; Australia.

10. Stanley Perron

Net Worth: $ 880 million; Australia.

 

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