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 Portia de Rossi

Portia de Rossi
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 31, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian, American

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.

 2 James Packer

James Packer
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Famous As: Business Tycoon
Birthdate: September 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian
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 Lachlan Murdoch

Lachlan Murdoch
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Famous As: CEO of Fox Corporation
Birthdate: September 8, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian, British, American
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.

 4 John Torode

John Torode
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Famous As: Celebrity chef
Birthdate: July 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian, British
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.

 5 Gina Rinehart

Gina Rinehart
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Famous As: Mining Heiress
Birthdate: February 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian

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.

 6 Kerry Packer

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

 7 Elisabeth Murdoch (Businesswoman)

Elisabeth Murdoch (Businesswoman)
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Birthdate: August 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian
Died: 2012 AD
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 8 Clive Palmer

Clive Palmer
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Famous As: Australian Politician
Birthdate: March 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Australian
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 Alan Bond

Alan Bond
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Birthdate: April 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian
Died: June 5, 2015

 10 Andrew Forrest

Andrew Forrest
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: 1961 AD
Nationality: Australian

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 James P. Gorman

James P. Gorman
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Famous As: Financier
Birthdate: July 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian, American

 12 Geoffrey Edelsten

Geoffrey Edelsten
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Physician
Birthdate: May 2, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian

 13 Mark Bouris

Mark Bouris
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Australian

 14 Lang Hancock

Lang Hancock
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 10, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian
Died: March 27, 1992

 15 Kerry Stokes

Kerry Stokes
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Birthdate: September 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Australian

 16 James D. Wolfensohn

James D. Wolfensohn
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: December 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian, American

 17 Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks
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Famous As: Roboticist
Birthdate: December 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Australian, American

 18 David Gyngell

David Gyngell
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Famous As: Executive
Birthdate: 1966 AD
Nationality: Australian

 19 Robert Holmes à Court

Robert Holmes à Court
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 27, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian, South African
Died: September 2, 1990

 20 Thérèse Rein

Thérèse Rein
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: July 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian

 21 Tan Le

Tan Le
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Australian, Vietnamese

 22 Richard Pratt

Richard Pratt
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Famous As: Australian rules footballer
Birthdate: December 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian
Died: April 28, 2009

 23 Reg Ansett

Reg Ansett
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: February 13, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian
Died: December 23, 1981

 24 Glenn Stevens

Glenn Stevens
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Famous As: Economist, Banker
Birthdate: January 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian

 25 Charlie Bell

Charlie Bell
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Famous As: Executive
Birthdate: November 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian
Died: January 17, 2005

 26 Simon McKeon

Simon McKeon
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: December 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian

 27 Peter Abeles

Peter Abeles
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Famous As: Magnate
Birthdate: April 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Austrian, Australian
Died: June 25, 1999

 28 Robert Thomson

Robert Thomson
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Famous As: CEO
Birthdate: March 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Australian

 29 Harry Holland

Harry Holland
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 10, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian
Died: October 8, 1933

 30 James McCulloch

James McCulloch
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 18, 1819
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Australian, Scottish
Died: January 31, 1893

 31 Max Lake

Max Lake
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Famous As: Winemaker
Birthdate: July 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian, American
Died: April 14, 2009

 32 Geoff Polites

Geoff Polites
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Famous As: Automotive Executive
Birthdate: November 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian
Died: April 20, 2008

 33 Bianca Cheah

Bianca Cheah
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Nationality: Australian

 34 Lawrence James Adler

Lawrence James Adler
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: November 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian
Died: 1988 AD

 35 Martin Dougiamas

Martin Dougiamas
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: August 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian