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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Elle Macpherson
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Birthdate: March 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Killara, Australia

Elle Macpherson is an Australian model, actress, television host, and businesswoman. Best known for her record five appearances on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Macpherson went on to found a series of business ventures, such as The Body and Elle Macpherson Intimates. Also known for her philanthropic work, Macpherson serves as an ambassador for organizations like UNICEF.

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Gina Rinehart
(Mining Heiress)

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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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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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
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John Torode
(Celebrity chef)

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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Lachlan Murdoch
(CEO of Fox Corporation)

Lachlan Murdoch
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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.

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Elisabeth Murdoch (Businesswoman)
(Journalist, Media executive)

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

Elisabeth Murdoch is an Australian-born media executive best known for founding the UK-based TV production company Shine Group in 2001. She is also known as the daughter of popular multi-billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch. In 2013, Elisabeth Murdoch was named UK’s fifth most powerful woman by Woman's Hour.

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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
(One of Australia's most powerful media proprietors of the twentieth 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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Rupert Murdoch
(Media Tycoon)

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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Andrew Forrest
(Businessman)

Andrew Forrest
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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.

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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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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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James P. Gorman
(Financier)

James P. Gorman
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Birthdate: July 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) Victoria, 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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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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Birthdate: 0000 AD
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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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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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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Frank Lowy
(Businessperson)

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

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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

 24 
Dick Smith
(Entrepreneur)

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

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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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Scott Farquhar
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Birthdate: March 3, 1933, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, 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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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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James D. Wolfensohn
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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.  

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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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Lindsay Fox
(Businessman, Sports administrator)

Lindsay Fox
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Birthdate: April 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 34 
Rodney Brooks
(Roboticist)

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

Australian-American roboticist Rodney Brooks is known for popularizing the concept of behavioral robotics and making autonomous robots. The Stanford alumnus has also been associated with Carnegie Mellon University and MIT. Allen and Baxter remain two of his most popular intelligent robots. He also designed Cog, a robot meant to learn through interaction.

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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: 1767 AD, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Babruysk, Belarus

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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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Jack Cowin
(Businessperson)

Jack Cowin
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Birthdate: July 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Windsor, Canada

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John Singleton
(Entrepreneur)

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

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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

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Monisha Kaltenborn
(Business women who is former team principal of the Sauber Formula One team and held a 33.3% stake in the outfit)

Monisha Kaltenborn
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Birthdate: May 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dehradun, India

Though born in India, Monisha Kaltenborn moved to Austria as a child. After attaining a master’s degree in law, she worked for the UN and various legal firms. She also headed Sauber Motorsport as its CEO and later formed KDC Racing. The mother of two now lives with her family in Switzerland.

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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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Solomon Lew
(Businessperson)

Solomon Lew
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Birthdate: March 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia

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Gerry Harvey
(Entrepreneur)

Gerry Harvey
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Birthdate: September 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Springwood, Australia

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John Gandel
(Businessman)

John Gandel
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Birthdate: 1935 AD
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

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Thérèse Rein
(Businessperson)

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

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Tan Le
(Entrepreneur)

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

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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