2. Laurence Lancini
Bumped off by Mr Palmer from the top spot but still remains a key business figure in North Queensland and is chairman of the Cowboys football and leagues clubs. Mr Lancini has been deliberately quiet with his construction interests in the past few years, believing Townsville City Council’s stringent planning regulations and high infrastructure charges are not conducive to large-scale investment. As one of the wealthiest men in Queensland, Mr Lancini knows how to get results.