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GREG HOFF­MAN

Greg is an in­de­pen­dent fi­nan­cial ed­u­ca­tor, com­men­ta­tor and in­vestor. Greg says: “More than ad­vice, my fa­ther gave me con­fi­dence by al­ways trust­ing my abil­i­ties. He al­lowed me, at the age of 19, to man­age his and mum’s su­per­an­nu­a­tion fund. That gave me tremen­dous ex­pe­ri­ence and he never lost faith in me.”

MARK STORY

Mark is di­rec­tor of Prime Strat­egy Me­dia and has been a busi­ness and fi­nance jour­nal­ist for more than 15 years. Mark says: “Don’t be fear­ful of money, lean­ing out of your com­fort zone or the un­known. Steer clear of Bible-bash­ers and big­ots. Life isn’t a dress re­hearsal so don’t waste wor­ry­ing about the fu­ture, live in the mo­ment.”

VITA PALESTRANT

For­mer ed­i­tor of the Money sec­tion of The Syd­ney Morn­ing Herald

and The Age, Vita says: “For the gen­er­a­tion that lived through two world wars, self-in­dul­gence was un­think­able. My fa­ther taught me self-re­liance. His favourite re­mark was ‘It won’t hap­pen on its own.’ His favourite act was to help those less for­tu­nate and keep it anony­mous.”

PHILIPPE BRACH

Philippe is CEO of Mul­ti­fo­cus Prop­er­ties and Fi­nance. Philippe says: “My fa­ther’s mantra – ‘Spend some and save some’ – in­stilled in me the need to bud­get and save, en­abling me to pur­chase my own home, build an in­vest­ment prop­erty portfolio and con­tinue work­ing to­wards a se­cure fi­nan­cial fu­ture.”

MARK CHAP­MAN

Mark is di­rec­tor of tax com­mu­ni­ca­tions at H&R Block. Mark says: “Look af­ter the pen­nies and the pounds will look af­ter them­selves. It’s not a motto I’ve al­ways fol­lowed my­self but it’s still the sound­est fi­nan­cial ad­vice I’ve ever re­ceived!”

HEIDI ARM­STRONG

Heidi is fi­nance ex­pert for Money to Love, and a TV and ra­dio pre­sen­ter. Heidi says: “The best ad­vice was to con­sider be­ing a small busi­ness owner. No school ca­reer coun­selling ever pre­sented me with this op­por­tu­nity for con­sid­er­a­tion. I have loved run­ning my own busi­nesses and of­ten pass on my fa­ther’s ad­vice to my chil­dren.”

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