Famous Australian Businessmen

Find out more about the greatest Australian Businessmen, including Rupert Murdoch, James Packer, Gina Rinehart, Kerry Packer and Clive Palmer.

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 1 Gina Rinehart

Gina Rinehart.
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Famous As: Mining Heiress
Birthdate: February 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Perth

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.

 2 James Packer

James Packer.
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Famous As: Business Tycoon
Birthdate: September 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, 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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 3 Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 31, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Horsham, Victoria, Australia

Businesswoman and philanthropist, Portia de Rossi, is the founder and CEO of the art company, General Public. A former actress and model, she is best known for starring in the TV drama series, Ally McBeal. After a successful acting career that spanned over 20 years, she retired from acting to focus on her business ventures.

 4 Clive Palmer

Clive Palmer.
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Famous As: Australian Politician
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

 5 John Torode

John Torode.
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Famous As: Celebrity chef
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.

 6 Lachlan Murdoch

Lachlan Murdoch.
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Famous As: CEO of Fox Corporation
Birthdate: September 8, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Lachlan Murdoch, son of media magnate Rupert Murdoch, has been the executive chairman of Nova Entertainment and the co-chairman of News Corp. The current Fox Corporation CEO acquired the IPL team Rajasthan Royals in 2008. He owns Illyria Pty Ltd. and is a director of Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art.

 7 Elisabeth Murdoch (Businesswoman)

Elisabeth Murdoch (Businesswoman)
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Birthdate: August 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney
Died: 2012 AD
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 8 Kerry Packer

Kerry Packer
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Famous As: Publisher, Business Leader
Birthdate: December 17, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney
Died: December 26, 2005

 9 Geoffrey Edelsten

Geoffrey Edelsten
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Physician
Birthdate: May 2, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne

 10 Andrew Forrest

Andrew Forrest.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: 1961 AD
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.

 11 Alan Bond

Alan Bond
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: April 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England
Died: June 5, 2015

 12 James P. Gorman

James P. Gorman
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Famous As: Financier
Birthdate: July 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) Victoria, Australia

 13 Mark Bouris

Mark Bouris
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Punchbowl, Australia

 14 Kerry Stokes

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

 15 Lang Hancock

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

 16 Frank Packer

Frank Packer
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Famous As: Media Proprietor
Birthdate: December 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: May 1, 1974

 17 David Gyngell

David Gyngell
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Famous As: Executive
Birthdate: 1966 AD
Birthplace: Australia

 18 James D. Wolfensohn

James D. Wolfensohn
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: December 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

A renowned investment banker and the ninth President of the World Bank, James D. Wolfensohn was also a transformative and hands-on leader and a global champion of human rights.  Beginning his career in investment banking, he worked for several different institutions, before being nominated to the World Bank, shifting the Bank’s commitment back to alleviate poverty and promote social justice.  

 19 Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks
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Famous As: Roboticist
Birthdate: December 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

 20 Richard Pratt

Richard Pratt
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Famous As: Australian rules footballer
Birthdate: December 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Free City of Danzig
Died: April 28, 2009

 21 Thérèse Rein

Thérèse Rein
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: July 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

 22 Bob Oatley

Bob Oatley
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: June 11, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Died: January 10, 2016

 23 Tan Le

Tan Le
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vietnam

 24 Reg Ansett

Reg Ansett
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: February 13, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Inglewood, Australia
Died: December 23, 1981

 25 Robert Holmes à Court

Robert Holmes à Court
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 27, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: September 2, 1990

 26 Charlie Bell

Charlie Bell
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Famous As: Executive
Birthdate: November 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingsford, Australia
Died: January 17, 2005

 27 Peter Abeles

Peter Abeles
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Famous As: Magnate
Birthdate: April 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: June 25, 1999

 28 Glenn Stevens

Glenn Stevens
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Famous As: Economist, Banker
Birthdate: January 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney

Australian economist Glenn Stevens is known for his 20-year stint at the Reserve Bank of Australia, part of it as its governor. A staunch Christian, he also plays the guitar at his local church. He has chaired the Australian Council of Financial Regulators and has headed the Anika Foundation.

 29 Simon McKeon

Simon McKeon
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: December 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dandenong, Australia

 30 Robert Thomson

Robert Thomson
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Famous As: CEO
Birthdate: March 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torrumbarry, Australia

 31 Rob Scott

Rob Scott
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Famous As: Businessman, Rower
Birthdate: August 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Perth, Western Australia, Australia

 32 James McCulloch

James McCulloch
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 18, 1819
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: January 31, 1893

 33 Max Lake

Max Lake
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Famous As: Winemaker
Birthdate: July 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: United States
Died: April 14, 2009

A qualified surgeon, who became the first Australian to specialize in hand surgery, Max Lake later deviated to his other interest, food and wine. He revolutionized the Australian wine industry by launching his boutique winery in Hunter Valley and penned books such as Classic Wines of Australia.

 34 Harry Holland

Harry Holland
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 10, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Queanbeyan, Australia
Died: October 8, 1933

 35 Geoff Polites

Geoff Polites
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Famous As: Automotive Executive
Birthdate: November 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: April 20, 2008

 36 Bianca Cheah

Bianca Cheah.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Queensland

 37 Lawrence James Adler

Lawrence James Adler
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: November 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 1988 AD

 38 John Ilhan

John Ilhan
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: January 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yozgat, Turkey
Died: October 23, 2007

 39 Katie Page

Katie Page
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Famous As: Chief Executive Officer
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Mareeba, Australia

 40 Dick Smith

Dick Smith
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Roseville, Australia

 41 John Singleton

John Singleton
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Enfield, Sydney

 42 Bob Clifford

Bob Clifford
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Tasmania, Australia

 43 Steve Killelea

Steve Killelea
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Famous As: IT entrepreneur
Birthdate: September 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Australia

 44 Frank Timiș

Frank Timiș
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: January 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Borșa, Romania

 45 Frank Lowy

Frank Lowy
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: October 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fiľakovo, Slovakia

 46 Mike Cannon-Brookes

Mike Cannon-Brookes
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Famous As: Chief Executive Officer
Birthdate: November 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States

 47 Melanie Perkins

Melanie Perkins
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Famous As: Chief executive officer
Birthdate: 1987 AD
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

 48 Scott Farquhar

Scott Farquhar
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Famous As: Ceo
Birthdate: October 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 49 Harry Triguboff

Harry Triguboff
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dalian, China

 50 Ruslan Kogan

Ruslan Kogan
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Famous As: CEO
Birthdate: October 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Babruysk, Belarus