Famous Australian Businessmen

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Find out more about the greatest Australian Businessmen, including Rupert Murdoch, James Packer, Gina Rinehart, Kerry Packer and Clive Palmer.
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Miranda Kerr
(Rose to Fame as the First Australian to Model for 'Victoria's Secret Angels')
Miranda Kerr
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Birthdate: April 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

One of the highest-earning models according to Forbes, Miranda Kerr was the first Victoria's Secret model from Australia. Known for her attractive physique, she is often named in the sexiest women in the world lists by several magazines. She has used her fame and beauty to launch a brand of skincare products called KORA Organics.

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Saroo Brierley
(Businessman and Author of His Autobiographical Book ‘A Long Way Home’)
Saroo Brierley
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Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India

Indian-born Australian entrepreneur and author Saroo Brierley was separated from his mother at 5, when he accidentally boarded a train to Howrah station from Burhanpur. He ended up being adopted by an Australian couple. He later found his mother via Google Earth. His autobiography was adapted into the film Lion.

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James Packer
(Billionaire Businessman and Son of Media Mogul Kerry Packer)
James Packer
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Birthdate: September 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Australian business magnate James Packer, son of media mogul Kerry Packer, inherited Consolidated Press Holdings Limited. He has led Publishing and Broadcasting Limited, Consolidated Media Holdings, and Crown Resorts, as an executive chairman. In 2017, Forbes named him the ninth-richest Australian. He also owns two philanthropic foundations.
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Gina Rinehart
(Australian Mining Magnate and Businesswoman)
Gina Rinehart
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Birthdate: February 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Gina Rinehart is an Australian heiress and mining magnate. She is currently serving as the executive chairman of a privately-owned mineral extraction company called Hancock Prospecting and is credited with expanding the company. In 2012, she became the world's richest woman after overtaking Christy Walton and was named in Forbes magazine's The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list.

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 5 
John Torode
(Australian-British Celebrity Chef and TV Presenter Known for His Show ‘MasterChef’ on BBC One)
John Torode
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Birthdate: July 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Australian celebrity chef and restaurateur John Torode initially worked at the U.K.-based Conran Group's restaurants. He is also known for his appearances on shows such as This Morning and the revival of MasterChef in 2005. He owned the Luxe and Smiths of Smithfield and has also authored several cookbooks.
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Gary Mehigan
(Chef, Restaurateur)
Gary Mehigan
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Birthdate: February 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hayling Island, Hampshire, England

Born in England, Gary Mehigan, celebrated chef and restaurateur, received his initial training in prominent London hotels before moving to Melbourne, Australia. After heading several well-known restaurants there, he opened his own establishment and currently co-owns The Boathouse, located in Moonee Ponds. Concurrently, he can also be seen on televisions productions like MasterChef Australia and Far Flung with Gary Mehigan.

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Kerry Packer
(Australian Media Tycoon and One of Australia’s Most Powerful Media Proprietors of the 20th Century)
Kerry Packer
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Birthdate: December 17, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: December 26, 2005

Australian media mogul Kerry Packer was the son of media pioneer Sir Frank Packer and later managed the Nine Network and the Australian Consolidated Press. Known for his flamboyant lifestyle and his love for gambling, he also established the competition known as World Series Cricket.

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Clive Palmer
(Australian Politician)
Clive Palmer
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Birthdate: March 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne
United Australia Party leader Clive Palmer was named the eighth-richest Australian in 2020. The billionaire businessman, who owns companies such as Mineralogy, also has several golf courses and resorts in his portfolio. He once declared that he wishes to build a replica of the luxury liner RMS Titanic
 9 
Rupert Murdoch
(American Media Tycoon and Chairman & CEO of 'News Corp')
Rupert Murdoch
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Birthdate: March 11, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Rupert Murdoch’s company News Corp owns hundreds of publishing outlets and TV channels around the world, including The Sun, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and Fox News. His media houses have been accused of hacking the phones of celebrities and public citizens. He has also had to face allegations of bribery and corruption in the UK and the US.

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George Calombaris
(Australian Chef and Restaurateur Who was One of the Judges of 'Masterchef Australia' From 2009 to 2019)
George Calombaris
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Birthdate: October 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
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Andrew Forrest
(Australian Businessman and Non-Executive Chairman of ‘Fortescue Metals Group’)
Andrew Forrest
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Birthdate: November 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Australian billionaire businessman Andrew Forrest, or Twiggy, also made Australia’s biggest charity contribution, of A$655 million, in 2019. The former Fortescue Metals Group CEO has now deviated to farming and has targeted the milk and dairy demands of China. In 2021, his foundation slammed China’s treatment of the Uighurs.

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Melanie Perkins
(Chief executive officer)
Melanie Perkins
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Birthdate: 1987 AD
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
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Geoffrey Edelsten
(Entrepreneur, Physician)
Geoffrey Edelsten
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Birthdate: May 2, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne

Geoffrey Edelsten was an Australian businessman best remembered for founding Allied Medical Group. A physician by profession, Edelsten attracted media attention for his luxurious lifestyle and unconventional clinics. He also had a brief music career; he owned a record company named Hit Productions in the 1960s. Edelsten's controversial personal life, which involved brushes with the law, overshadowed his professional achievements.

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Shannon Bennett
(Australian Celebrity Chef and Head Chef of Restaurant 'Vue de Monde' )
Shannon Bennett
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Birthdate: November 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Shannon Bennett is an Australian chef and author. He is the head chef of restaurant Vue de monde at Melbourne's Rialto Tower and also owns and operates several other hospitality venues in Melbourne. On several occasions, he has appeared as a guest judge on the popular cooking show MasterChef Australia. He is the author of several books as well. 

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Ali Banat
(Businessperson and founded the charity ‘Muslims Around the World’)
Ali Banat
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Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Australia
Died: May 29, 2018

Palestinian-origin Australian businessman Ali Banat was initially known for his flamboyant lifestyle. The millionaire who owned a security and electrical company turned into a humanitarian after being diagnosed with stage-4 cancer. His charity, Muslims Around the World, was aimed at helping the needy. He eventually lost his battle to cancer at 35.

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Mike Cannon-Brookes
(Chief Executive Officer)
Mike Cannon-Brookes
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Birthdate: November 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
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Alan Bond
(Australian Businessman Known for His High-Profile and Often Corrupt Business Dealings)
Alan Bond
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Birthdate: April 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
Died: June 5, 2015

Born in the UK, Alan Bond moved to Australia with his family at 12. The business tycoon had started out as a signwriter in Perth and later emerged as the CEO of Bond Corporation. The first non-American to earn the sailing trophy America's Cup, he was later imprisoned for corporate fraud.

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Ivan Glasenberg
(Business executive known as former CEO of Glencore)
Ivan Glasenberg
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Birthdate: January 7, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

While Ivan Glasenberg initially excelled in sports and even went on to become a national race-walking champion for South Africa and Israel, he later earned a business degree and began trading coal in Australia, becoming Australia’s fifth-richest man in 2015. He then took over as the CEO of Glencore and moved to Switzerland.

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Mark Bouris
(Businessman who is best known as the founder and chairman of 'Wizard Home Loans')
Mark Bouris
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Birthplace: Punchbowl, Australia

Mark Bouris is an Australian businessman, media personality, and author. He is best known for founding Wizard Home Loans, one of the most popular non-bank mortgage lenders in Australia. He also serves as the chairman of Yellow Brick Road, which he founded in 2007. Mark Bouris has also hosted TV shows like The Apprentice Australia and The Celebrity Apprentice Australia.

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Frank Lowy
(Businessperson)
Frank Lowy
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Birthdate: October 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fiľakovo, Slovakia
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James P. Gorman
(Australian-American Financier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 'Morgan Stanley')
James P. Gorman
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Birthdate: July 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Australian-born American James P. Gorman had initially studied law and taken up a job at a law firm. The Columbia Business School alumnus then worked for firms such as McKinsey and Merrill Lynch, before serving as the CEO of Morgan Stanley. He also serves the US Federal Reserve Board and other boards.

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Richard Farleigh
(Chancellor of London South Bank University since 2012)
Richard Farleigh
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Birthdate: November 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyabram, Australia

Richard Farleigh is an Australian reality television personality and private investor. Apart from investing in major companies like Wolfson Microelectronics and Evolution Group, Farleigh is also credited with setting up an advisory firm called H2O Markets which he launched in 2010. A former chess player, Richard Farleigh has represented Bermuda and Monaco in the 31st and 34th Chess Olympiad respectively.

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Kerry Stokes
(Businessman)
Kerry Stokes
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Birthdate: September 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Kerry Stokes is an Australian businessman best known for his association with one of Australia's largest broadcast repeating corporations, The Seven Network, where he serves as the chairman. He is also known for his immense contribution to the National Gallery of Australia; apart from donating millions of dollars to the national art museum, Stokes has also served as its chairman.

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Abe Saffron
(Hotelier, nightclub owner and property developer)
Abe Saffron
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Birthdate: October 6, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Annandale, New South Wales, Australia
Died: September 15, 2006
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Michael Gudinski
(Record executive and promoter)
Michael Gudinski
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Birthdate: August 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Died: March 2, 2021
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Dick Smith
(Entrepreneur)
Dick Smith
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Birthdate: March 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Roseville, Australia
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John Ibrahim
(Nightclub owner)
John Ibrahim
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Birthdate: August 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Australia
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Mick Gatto
(Australian Professional Mediator Within the Victorian Building Industry)
Mick Gatto
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Birthdate: August 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Parkville, Australia

Mick Gatto is an Australian businessman and former boxer. He is best known for his involvement in the Melbourne gangland killings in 2004 when he was charged with homicide. Although he admitted that he killed a suspected underworld hitman named Andrew Veniamin, Gatto was found not guilty as it was proved that he had acted in self-defense.

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Lang Hancock
(Entrepreneur)
Lang Hancock
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Birthdate: June 10, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Died: March 27, 1992

Lang Hancock was an Australian business magnate remembered for discovering the largest iron ore deposit in the world in 1952. He went on to become one of the richest entrepreneurs in Australia and established himself as one of the most popular and influential men. A controversial personality, Hancock's personal life, especially his marriage to Rose Porteous, overshadowed his professional achievements.

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Harry Triguboff
(Entrepreneur)
Harry Triguboff
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Birthdate: March 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dalian, China
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Andrew Banks
(Co-founded recruitment company Morgan & Banks and founded HR business process outsourcing provider, Talent2 International)
Andrew Banks
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Birthdate: November 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England
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David Gyngell
(Executive)
David Gyngell
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Birthdate: 1966 AD
Birthplace: Australia
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Scott Farquhar
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Birthdate: 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Robert Holmes à Court
(Australia’s First Billionaire and One of the World's Most Feared Corporate Raiders through the 1980s)
Robert Holmes à Court
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Birthdate: July 27, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: September 2, 1990

The Great Acquirer, Robert Holmes à Court was Australia’s first billionaire. The South African-born later studied forestry in New Zealand, before moving to Australia to study law. He proved his business acumen by using a loss-making AWM as a tool to acquire Bell Brothers, and turning it into Bell Group Ltd.

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Lindsay Fox
(Businessman, Sports administrator)
Lindsay Fox
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Birthdate: April 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Anthony Pratt
(Businessperson)
Anthony Pratt
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Birthdate: April 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
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Frank Packer
(Media Proprietor)
Frank Packer
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Birthdate: December 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: May 1, 1974

Frank Packer was an Australian media mogul best remembered for founding the Nine Network and Australian Consolidated Press. He is credited with establishing the Packer media empire and is a prominent name in Australia. Over the years, Frank Packer has been portrayed in several Australian television miniseries like Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo and Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch War.

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John Macarthur
(Former Member of Legislative Council of New South Wales)
John Macarthur
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Birthdate: 1767 AD
Birthplace: Plymouth, England
Died: April 11, 1834
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Ruslan Kogan
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Birthdate: 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Babruysk, Belarus
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John Singleton
(Entrepreneur)
John Singleton
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Birthdate: November 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Enfield, Sydney
 41 
Jacques Nasser
(Ford’s CEO and President (1999 to 2001))
Jacques Nasser
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Birthdate: December 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amyoun, Lebanon
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Richard Pratt
(Australian rules footballer)
Richard Pratt
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Birthdate: December 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Free City of Danzig
Died: April 28, 2009
 43 
Jack Cowin
(Businessperson)
Jack Cowin
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Birthdate: July 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Windsor, Canada
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Michael Hintze
(Businessperson)
Michael Hintze
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Birthdate: July 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harbin
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Khoo Teck Puat
(Entrepreneur, Banker)
Khoo Teck Puat
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Birthdate: January 13, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Singapore
Died: February 21, 2004

Khoo Teck Puat was an entrepreneur and banker remembered for owning the Goodwood Group of hotels in Singapore and London. Khoo established himself as the wealthiest man in Singapore and was named among the richest people in the world by Forbes in 2004. A philanthropist, Khoo established the Khoo Foundation, which donated towards the construction of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

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Gerry Harvey
(Entrepreneur)
Gerry Harvey
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Birthdate: September 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Springwood, Australia
 47 
Solomon Lew
(Businessperson)
Solomon Lew
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Birthdate: March 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia
 48 
Thérèse Rein
(Businessperson)
Thérèse Rein
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Birthdate: July 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
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Bob Oatley
(Businessperson)
Bob Oatley
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Birthdate: June 11, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Died: January 10, 2016
 50 
John Gandel
(Businessman)
John Gandel
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Birthdate: 1935 AD
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia