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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

JA­NINE AL­LIS

AL­LIS founded Boost Juice while on ma­ter­nity leave. Fif­teen years on, Boost has more than 400 stores. Her Re­tail Zoo ban­ner also op­er­ates Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grills, Cibo Ex­press and Hatch.

AN­DREW BANKS

AF­TER stints as an ac­tor and restau­rant owner, Banks ex­celled in hu­man re­sources. He co- founded Mor­gan & Banks, which went public 10 years later and drew in rev­enue of $ 800 mil­lion a year, then merged with TMP/ Mon­ster. com. He is a share­holder in more than 10 busi­nesses.

STEVE BAX­TER

BAX­TER left school at 15, joined the army and be­came an ap­pren­tice en­gi­neer. Eight years later, he in­vested ev­ery cent in start- up in­ter­net ser­vice provider SE Net. When that sold he launched PIPE Net­works, which then sold for a whop­ping $ 370 mil­lion. Bax­ter runs River City Labs, Right Pedal Stu­dios and Star­tupAUS.

JOHN MCGRATH

NOT con­tent with strug­gling as a rookie re­al­tor, McGrath founded McGrath Es­tate Agents in his lounge room in 1988. It made him a mil­lion­aire, with 62 offi ces in Australia. He’s pub­lished fi ve books and is a board direc­tor of the bil­lion- dollar REA Group.

NAOMI SIM­SON

SIM­SON founded ex­pe­ri­ence gift re­tailer Red Bal­loon in 2001. The site sold 300 vouch­ers in its fi rst year. Now it sells that num­ber ev­ery cou­ple of hours.

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