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By Michael Yardney

Property’s richest Top 10 names ranked and revealed

Big names in property have made a splash in this year’s ‘The List: Australia’s Richest 250', published in The Australian

This year’s list features 10 powerbrokers from the property industry, with the highest entrant – Harry Triguboff – ranking at #6 with a wealth of $20.81 billion.

Overall Ranking of The List Industry Rank Name Valuation Age State of Residence
6 1 Harry Triguboff $20.81b 89 NSW
16 2 John Gandel $5.05b 87 VIC
17 3 Lang Walker $5.03b 76 NSW
23 4 Chau Chak Wing $3.74b 68 Overseas
26 5 Greg Goodman & Family $3.52b 59 NSW
34 6 Hui Wing Mau $2.94b 71 Overseas
36 7 Maurice Alter & Family $2.62b 96 VIC
37 8 John van Lieshout $2.56b 72 QLD
38 9 Bruce Mathieson $2.50b 78 VIC
44 10 Marc Besen & Family $2.44b 98 VIC

While this year’s edition of The List - which is the biggest annual study of Australia’s wealthiest individuals and living philanthropists undertaken in this country- has more members from the technology sector than ever before – 29 – some of the so-called older industries, such as manufacturing and property, are showing resilience.

John Stensholt, Editor of The List said:

The technology revolution is heralding a shift from “old” industries such as mining and manufacturing to newer online sectors, bringing significant change to the ranks of the country’s wealthiest individuals.

It has also helped create a record number of new names on The List, with 29 debutants.

Despite the pandemic, some sectors - retail in particular - have done incredibly well and created a surge in new wealth on The List.

It’s been a fun uncovering the new names coming up amongst the old guard of The List and sharing their stories.

Interestingly pub baron Justin Hemmes is on the cover of 2022 The List: Australia’s Richest 250 magazine with his wealth increasing from $1.24 billion in 2021 to $1.31billion in 2022, despite the hits the hospitality industry has endured during the pandemic.

John Stensholt adds: 

If there is one trait that permeates the ranks of The List: Australia’s Richest 250 this year, it has to be ambition.

Justin Hemmes is a case in point, and it’s a trait that so many on The List share.

Canva is being hailed as “the new Google” with co-founders and husband and wife team Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht, 34 and 36 reaching the Top 10 for the first time.

They are ranked 8 and 9 respectively on The List with a combined value of $15.89 billion.

The Canva business is valued at more than $55 billion.

This year sees a record 29 newcomers on The List, with wealth surging despite the pandemic.

Fung Lam who is just 40 years old is a newcomer to The List.

His New Aim business has delivered to about half the households in Australia over the past four years and works with Wesfarmers, Woolworths, Bunnings, Myer and Catch of the Day to name a few.

Lam is valued at $944 million and is ranked 141 on The List. 12091171_s

The retail sector has thrown up some of the best-known newcomers on The List including Mecca cosmetics owners Jo Horgan and Peter Wetenhall at 188 and 189 respectively and combined wealth of $674 million along with Tania Austin who owns Decjuba fashion brand and is worth $640 million.

Another two impressive debutants are Gold Coast husband and wife duo Simon and Tahnee Beard, co-founders of Culture Kings.

Simon Beard reveals that he had long focused on achieving his goals before striking it rich with his retail group.

For years that goal was his password: 10millionby30.

The Beard’s are ranked 248 and 249 with a combined wealth of $503 million.

Some highlights...

  • Gina Rinehart tops 2022 The List: Australia’s Richest 250 with a massive $32.64 billion wealth.  Fellow mining magnate Andrew Forrest comes in a close second with a wealth of $31.77 billion.
  • Anthony Pratt is #3 with $27.77 billion wealth while Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar are 4th and 5th with a wealth of $26.20 and 25.99 billion.
  • Harry Triguboff is #6 on The List with a wealth of $20.81 billion, while Clive Palmer is #7 nearly doubling his wealth for the second year in a row valued at $18.35 billion.
  • The total wealth on the 2022 list is a combined $520.20 billion, in 2021 it was $470.07 billion.
  • The average wealth on The List is $2.08 billion, last year it was $1.88 billion, and there are 131 billionaires
  • The number of women on The List is 30 – last year there were 27
  • The highest money-making sectors from the list are property (59), technology (29), investment (28), retail (27), mining (22), manufacturing (14), healthcare (13), financial services (12), agriculture (10), and construction (10)
  • The most popular suburbs for The List’s rich are Toorak (20), Point Piper (12), Vaucluse (11), Mosman Park (6), while NSW can claim the highest number of people from the list with 98 residents, Victoria has 71, Queensland 32, WA 21, SA 5, NT 2 and Tasmania and the ACT 1 each.  Nineteen live overseas.Ultra Rich2
  • The youngest person on the list is 32-year-old Nick Molnar, while the oldest people on the list are Len Ainsworth and Marc Besen who are both 98 years old.  The average age of those on the list is 65 years old.
  • Wealth has surged, and there are a record 29 new names on the list this year.
  • The highest-ranked debutant at 112 is Sam Prince (Mexican themed takeaway business Zambrero) with a wealth of $1.18 bn.
  • The retail sector has thrown up some of the best-known newcomers on The List including Mecca cosmetics owners Jo Horgan and Peter Wetenhall at 188 and 189 respectively and combined wealth of $674 million along with Tania Austin who owns Decjuba fashion brand and is worth $640 million. Simon and Tahnee Beard’s Culture Kings business puts them at 247 and 248 as they feature on The List for the first time with a combined value of $503 million.
  • The List reveals the hobbies of some of the best-known rich ranging from collecting vintage cars to billiards and bike riding, as well as sharing what they spend their money on – with jets topping the list for many.
  • The 2022 List also reveals the top 25 donors.  Andrew Forest has donated more than anyone else on The List, giving more than $109.6 million, with Frank Lowy at #2 making $51.1 million in donations.

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About Michael Yardney Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who help their clients grow, protect and pass on their wealth through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's once again been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and one of Australia's 50 most influential Thought Leaders. His opinions are regularly featured in the media.
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