Famous Australian Media Personalities

Influential, vibrant and dynamic – media personalities are all of those and much more. After all, who else do you think could strike a national conversation or influence a general opinion that the nation would follow? Call them entertainer or informers, media personalities take up a dominant place in our virtual world and take up the responsibility of making us aware of our real world. They are omnipresent and have made their worth count everywhere, right from television to newspapers, radio to internet, magazines to periodicals and so on. What’s more, media personalities are not limited to just television presenters. They could be journalists, actors, radio jockeys and video presenters. Just like every other country in the world, Australia too has a long list of media personalities who have garnered quite a name or their work and exerted influence over the lives of Australians. They are equally distributed between commercial, national and non-profit public broadcasters. Australian media personalities are known for their witty sense, acute knowledge and strong acumen for news. With this write-up, find out in details about the life and works of Australian media personalities.

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 1 Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: February 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia
Died: September 4, 2006

Australian Steve Irwin was a world famous, high-spirited, lively host of The Crocodile Hunter television series. A conservationist, he was also part of other shows and documentaries on wildlife and environment. He was known for close encounters with some of the most dangerous and endangered animals in various jungles. He died after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

 2 Julian Assange

Julian Assange
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Famous As: Computer programmer
Birthdate: July 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Townsville, Australia

Julian Assange made headlines all over the world in 2010 when WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization founded by him, gained international attention after publishing leaks, such as the Afghanistan war logs and Iraq war logs. After dodging arrest for several years, he was finally arrested in 2019 and is currently imprisoned in HM Prison Belmarsh.

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 3 Robert Clarence Irwin

Robert Clarence Irwin
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Famous As: Television Host & Wildlife Enthusiast
Birthdate: December 1, 2003
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buderim, Australia
Robert Irwin, the son of the late wildlife expert Steve Irwin and Terri Irwin, has also gained fame as the host of Robert's Real Life Adventures and co-hosted Wild But True. He is part of the series Crikey!, is a wildlife photographer, and has created a book series, too.

 4 Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Entrepreneur, Lawyer, Investment Banker
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Malcolm Turnbull is a retired Australian politician. From 2015 to 2018, Turnbull served as the 29th prime minister of Australia. He also served as the leader of the Liberal Party on two occasions. For his service to the Parliament of Australia, Turnbull was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia during the 2021 Australia Day Honours

 5 Dannii Minogue

Dannii Minogue
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Model, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne

The younger sister of Australian popstar Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue had begun her career on Australian TV as a child actor. Known for her award-winning role of Emma Jackson in the soap Home and Away, she later also launched a music career, appeared in movies and plays, and introduced a clothing line.

 6 Anusha Dandekar

Anusha Dandekar
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Famous As: VJ, Actress, Model
Birthdate: January 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan

Anusha Dandekar is an Indian-Australian VJ, actress, and singer. She is popularly known for hosting many TV shows. Beginning her career as a TV anchor and VJ, she branched out into acting as well, making her film debut with a role in the Bollywood film Mumbai Matinee. Since then, she has appeared in a few other movies.

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 7 Ellyse Perry

Ellyse Perry
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Famous As: Sportswoman
Birthdate: November 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia
Ellyse Perry has represented Australia in both cricket and soccer. She became the youngest Australian sportsperson to play international cricket and the first to appear in both the FIFA and ICC World Cups. She later drifted to cricket and set records for the highest Test score by an Australian female.
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 8 Hannah Gadsby

Hannah Gadsby
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Smithton, Tasmania, Australia
Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby soared to fame with the stand-up comedy contest Raw Comedy and the Netflix live comedy show Nanette. She has often spoken about her battle with ADHD and autism. She had also once worked odd jobs and been homeless. Openly lesbian, she is married to partner Jenney Shamash.

 9 Adriano Zumbo

Adriano Zumbo
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Coonamble, New South Wales, Australia

Adriano Zumbo is an Australian television presenter and pastry chef. He is known for appearing as a guest on the TV show MasterChef Australia. He also hosts his own baking competition show Zumbo's Just Desserts and appears as a judge on Netflix's baking reality television series Sugar Rush. Thanks to his popularity, Zumbo has garnered several nicknames including Sweet Assassin.

 10 Brianna Keilar

Brianna Keilar
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: September 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canberra, Australia

Brianna Keilar is a journalist who previously worked as a general assignment correspondent, Congressional correspondent, and White House correspondent for CNN. She is currently working as CNN's senior political correspondent. In 2019, Keilar, a military spouse, started writing a column titled Home Front, which continues to play an important role in bridging the civilian-military divide.

 11 Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Ricky Ponting is an Australian retired cricket player best known for his abilities as a batsman, fielder, and captain. Widely regarded as one of the modern-time greats, Ponting is the leading run-scorer for Australia in Test and ODI cricket. Ponting captained the Australian Test team between 2004 and 2011 and is considered one of the most successful cricket captains of all time.

 12 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.

 13 Kym Johnson

Kym Johnson
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Birthdate: August 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Australia

Kym Johnson began training in dance at age 3 and graduated to ballroom dance at age 13. She soared to fame after winning season 2 of the Australian reality show Dancing with the Stars. Once part of competitive ballroom dancing, she is now also famous for her fitness DVDs.

 14 Aden Young

Aden Young
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Canadian-Australian actor Aden Young is best known to fans as Daniel Holden from Rectify. Born to a CBC broadcaster father, he participated in theater even as a child. He later also gained fame with films such as I, Frankenstein and The Unseen. He is married to Australian singer Loene Carmen.

 15 Jennifer Hawkins

Jennifer Hawkins
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: December 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Holmesville, Australia

Jennifer Hawkins first soared to fame after winning both the Miss Australia and the Miss Universe pageants in 2004. Initially a Newcastle Knights cheerleader, she was named the second-most-sexiest woman in the world by FHM and later gained international recognition with Seven Network travel show The Great Outdoors.

 16 Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liverpool

Well-known Australian comedienne Magda Szubanski soared to fame with her performances in shows such as Kath and Kim, D-Generation, and Fast Forward. She has also been part of movies such as Happy Feet and penned a bestselling memoir. An open lesbian, she is also an LGBT activist.

 17 Alan Jones

Alan Jones
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Famous As: radio personality, rugby union coach
Birthdate: April 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne

 18 Penelope Mitchell

Penelope Mitchell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne
Cousin of actor Radha Mitchell, Penelope Mitchell was born to a French mother and an Australian father and grew up in Melbourne. Best known for her roles in Hemlock Grove and The Vampire Diaries, Penelope is a trained ballerina. She was academically brilliant and had plans of becoming a lawyer.

 19 Banjo Paterson

Banjo Paterson
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 17, 1864
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Orange
Died: February 5, 1941

Remembered for the legendary poems Waltzing Matilda and The Man from Snowy River, Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson was an Australian bush poet who depicted rural life through his works. Initially a law clerk and a journalist, he later adopted the pseudonym Banjo, which was his favorite horse’s name.

 20 Antonia Kidman

Antonia Kidman
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Famous As: Actor, Television presenter, Journalist
Birthdate: July 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne

The younger sister of Australian actor Nicole Kidman, Antonia Kidman was initially a journalist and later gained fame with the series The Little Things. She has also penned books on parenting, such as Feeding Fussy Kids. She is a mother of six and joined law school after the birth of her sixth child.

 21 Sonia Kruger

Sonia Kruger
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: August 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Toowoomba

A prominent Australian media figure, Sonia Kruger has gained fame hosting shows such as Big Brother Australia and Dancing with the Stars. She is also known for appearing in the award-winning film Strictly Ballroom. After several miscarriages, she gave birth to her first child through IVF at age 49.

 22 Daniel MacPherson

Daniel MacPherson
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Famous As: Television presenter, Actor
Birthdate: April 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney

Best known for his roles in series such as Neighbours and movies such as Infini, Daniel MacPherson has also had a 6-year stint as a co-host of Dancing with the Stars. Initially a sportsperson, he was discovered by an agent at a triathlete event. He was also a Mensa member.

 23 Carrie Bickmore

Carrie Bickmore
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adelaide

 24 Brady Haran

Brady Haran
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Famous As: Video Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker, Podcaster
Birthdate: June 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

UK-based video journalist Brady Haran is known for his popular YouTube math channel Numberphile. Fans also love his other channels, such as the chemistry-oriented Periodic Videos and the physics-oriented Sixty Symbols, and his podcasts Hello Internet and The Unmade Podcast. He also has inactive channels on language, food, and culture.

 25 Paul Khoury

Paul Khoury
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Famous As: TV Personality
Birthdate: September 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northern Territory of Australia

Paul Khoury is an Australian TV personality known for hosting shows like Coffee Lovers’ Guide to Italy. Also known for his captivating voice, Khoury has been anchoring ESPN's Asia Pacific Poker Tour. From 2010 to 2015, Paul Khoury hosted The Aussie Millions, one of the world's richest poker events. 

 26 Allan Border

Allan Border
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cremorne, Australia

 27 John Pilger

John Pilger
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Famous As: War correspondent, Writer, Director, Journalist
Birthdate: October 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney

Multiple BAFTA award-winning Australian journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger had begun his career working for media houses such as Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror. He is vocal about social issues, such as the treatment of the indigenous community in Australia and the US and UK foreign policies.

 28 Eddie McGuire

Eddie McGuire
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: October 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Broadmeadows Vic

Eddie McGuire is an Australian TV presenter, radio presenter, and sports commentator for Fox Footy. A famous name in Australian Football League, McGuire was honored with the Australian Sports Medal in 2001. For his achievements in entertainment, media, and community-based activities, Eddie McGuire was awarded an honorary doctorate by RMIT University on 17 May 2013.           

 29 John Meillon

John Meillon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mosman, Australia
Died: August 11, 1989

 30 Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson
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Famous As: Presenter, Journalist
Birthdate: December 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney

At 21, Lisa Wilkinson was the youngest editor of the Australian teen magazine Dolly. She grew up to be a renowned journalist and presenter and is now known for her shows such as The Project. She has also appeared in movies such as Broadcast Battleground and Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.

 31 Karl Stefanovic

Karl Stefanovic
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: August 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Nine Network presenter and journalist Karl Stefanovic is best known for hosting shows such as Today and 60 Minutes. In his reporting career, spanning over 2 decades, the Gold Logie-winning journalist has covered many major events, such as the Christchurch earthquake and the Japanese tsunami.

 32 Kyle Sandilands

Kyle Sandilands
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Famous As: Radio personality
Birthdate: June 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane

 33 Julia Zemiro

Julia Zemiro
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: April 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aix-en-Provence

Best known as the host of RocKwiz, French-Australian presenter Julia Zemiro is a trained theater actor, too, who has worked with the likes of the Bell Shakespeare Company. She has hosted her own interview show, Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery, and has been on shows such as Thank God You’re Here.

 34 Lisa Sthalekar

Lisa Sthalekar
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: August 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pune, Maharashtra, India

 Australian cricket commentator and former cricketer, Lisa Sthalekar, was once the captain of Australia's international women's cricket team. Born in India and adopted by parents who lived in USA, she was introduced to cricket by her father. She started playing professionally as a young woman and went on to have an exemplary career. She retired in 2013. 

 35 Bec Hewitt

Bec Hewitt
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Film actor
Birthdate: July 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney

Australian actor/singer Bec Hewitt began her career at age 5, working in commercials, and later soared to fame as Hayley Smith Lawson from Home and Away. A talented dancer, too, she also won Dancing with the Stars. She has also released chart-busting singles such as All Seats Taken.

 36 Richie Benaud

Richie Benaud
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Famous As: Cricketer, Journalist
Birthdate: October 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Penrith, Australia
Died: April 10, 2015

 37 Rove McManus

Rove McManus
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: January 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Perth

Australian TV and radio host Rove McManus soared to fame with the show Rove and now also co-owns the TV production company Roving Enterprises. He is also a kangaroo breeder and co-owns a steakhouse too. Fans also know him for the catchphrase “Say hi to your mom for me.”

 38 Lee Lin Chin

Lee Lin Chin
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Jakarta

Apart from being a SBS newsreader for 3 decades, Lee Lin Chin has also presented comedy segments and a comedy cooking show. Born to Chinese parents in Indonesia, she began her journalism career in Singapore and moved to Australia later. She has also done voice-over and appeared in films such as Resistance.

 39 Samantha Armytage

Samantha Armytage
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Famous As: Journalist, News presenter
Birthdate: September 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo

Samantha Armytage is an Australian TV presenter and journalist best known for co-hosting a popular breakfast show called Sunrise from 2013 to 2021. Samantha Armytage has also hosted other shows, such as Bringing Sexy Back and Seven 4.30 News. In 2021, she launched her own podcast titled Something to Talk About with Samantha Armytage.

 40 Jackie O

Jackie O
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Birthdate: January 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adelaide

Best known for The Kyle and Jackie O Show, which she co-hosted with Kyle Sandilands and which became the number one radio show in Australia, Jackie O was discovered at a deli by radio DJ and future husband Phil O'Neil. She has also hosted TV shows and is an animal rights activist.

 41 Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons
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Famous As: Rugby union player, Biographer
Birthdate: June 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wahroonga

Bestselling Australian author Peter FitzSimons has had an illustrious career as a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald for over three decades. Apart from penning biographies, he has written books such as Burke and Wills. He has also played national-level rugby for the Wallabies.

 42 Jo Beth Taylor

Jo Beth Taylor
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Perth

Best known as the host of shows such as Australia's Funniest Home Video Show, Jo Beth Taylor had stepped into showbiz as a singer at age 5. She quit her career abruptly in 1997, which she later claimed was a decision made to avoid a stalker and malicious rumors.

 43 Ernie Dingo

Ernie Dingo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Western Australia

Indigenous Australian actor Ernie Dingo initially gained fame with his award-winning performance in the series Tudawali. He was also a talented basketball player before he stepped into films. An Australian National Living Treasure, he is known for films such as Crocodile Dundee II and also starred with Cate Blanchett in Heartland.

 44 Zoe Naylor

Zoe Naylor
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: July 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney

Initially an announcer for Groove FM, Zoe Naylor, she later worked for TV, on shows such as Gladiators and The Footy Show. Equipped with a degree in drama, she later impressed audiences with her performances in films such as The Reef and as Regan McLeod in the series McLeod's Daughters.

 45 Rob Mills

Rob Mills
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Birthdate: June 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne

Australian actor and TV host Rob Mills is best known for his appearances in Australian Idol and Winners & Losers. He has also gained fame as Fiyero in the Australian version of the Broadway musical Wicked. He was also the runner-up in season 1 of The Masked Singer Australia.

 46 Jamie Durie

Jamie Durie
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Famous As: Landscape architect
Birthdate: June 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manly

Apart from being an award-winning horticulturalist and landscape designer, Jamie Durie has also proved himself to be a skilled TV host. He also owns the architecture company Patio, later renamed Durie Design, and has gained fame for his shows such as The Outdoor Room and HGTV Showdown.

 47 David Koch

David Koch
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Famous As: television presenter
Birthdate: March 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Adelaide

Koch Industries heir David Koch was a chemical engineer from MIT and even excelled in basketball in college. Listed at number 11 on the Forbes billionaires list in 2019, he was also a dedicated philanthropist who has donated billions to charity. He was also the vice-presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party.  

 48 Charli Robinson

Charli Robinson
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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: March 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newcastle

 49 Ed Kavalee

Ed Kavalee
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Famous As: Radio personality
Birthdate: June 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Australia

 50 Red Symons

Red Symons
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brighton

Known for his signature horn-rimmed glasses and his sarcastic sense of humor, Red Symons gained fame as a judge on Red Faces and Australia's Got Talent. The Australian radio and TV personality has also performed as part of Skyhooks and used the pseudonym Red Pinko Sims for many recordings.